It’s Christmas Eve and I’ve actually reached the point where I’m completely convinced I can hear Wham singing about Last Christmas, regardless of whether or not the song is actually playing anywhere.
The point is that Christmas has embedded itself into my bones now, and this year, that’s all thanks to Düsseldorf.
When you and your other half both hail from different cities to the one you’ve decided to set up home in, Christmas can be hectic from time to time. You want to see everyone; to share the fun with family, but it can mean spreading yourself a bit thin.
Seeing the smiles on all the different faces often means different beds and hours on the road. It’s worth it, and it always will be, but I find there’s not much time for me to stop and enjoy the company of the person I chose to be my family for myself during all the December madness.
Last year, Mr Holiday Addict and I decided a great way to up our crank up our Christmas levels would be to fly away from the the present-buying frenzy by taking a short trip away together to a city where we could immerse ourselves completely in the season.
The German markets in the city of Munich were the answer to our Christmas question. We had a ball there, and this year, we decided we needed to do it again. This would be our own pre-Christmas way to celebrate Christmas.
So we picked a city that would be strollable and something of an underrated gem; the kind of city where we wouldn’t necessarily feel obliged to follow a standard sightseeing path. We wanted to just go some place that would allow us to simply soak up the seasonal spirit. And Düsseldorf gave us just what we were after.
Take a look and tell me that you wouldn’t be enchanted by this city too:
Then there was the added bonus of a catch up with one of my friends from the blogging world, Julika of Sateless Suitcase. Fabulous!
We’ve decided that our break away the weekend before the big day will be something we always make the effort to do. All traditions start somewhere, and although this one of ours might be in its infancy, I really think we’re on to a winner that will give us loads of happy Christmassy memories in the years to come.
But now I’m off to stick Wham on the stereo – it’s stuck in my head anyway. I might as well.
Disclaimer: I refuse to accept responsibility for the fact that you might be singing Wham in your head for the rest of the day. It’s a classic – so just get on with it and sing out loud.