Kent and I decided months ago this year we were going to keep Christmas low-key and simple. And for a number of reasons, we decided to keep gift-giving on a small but meaningful scale. It was easy to choose fun board games and special Lego kits for the boys. For each other, Kent and I discussed a number of options, but ultimately decided what we wanted the most was to experience Germany in all its splendor during the holidays in Bavaria.
It’s no secret to anyone who knows us that we think Bavaria, and in particular the villages of Oberammergau, Ettal, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Mittenwald are among the most beautiful places on earth. However, during the holidays this region becomes even more spectacular and magical when the townsfolk decorate with traditional Christmas finery.
So the four of us (and Divot, too!) spent three nights and four days in Bavaria and stayed at our favorite hotel, the Rieserssee. We arrived home on December 23rd, just in time for a quiet Christmas at home. Our long weekend was magical. As for Kent and myself, we couldn’t think of a better gift to give each other this year than time together to treasure as a family in an enchanted land. The memories we made and photos we took will last a lifetime.