Sunday, December 17, 2006

Christmas in Chicago

Today, Eugene and I continued a holiday tradition by visiting the Christkindlmarkt in downtown Chicago. The weather was supposedly warmer than it was at our last visit, but I was still shivering. Of course, sometimes I have to wonder if I'm really warm-blooded, but there was a bit of a wind. I couldn't have any spiced wine this year, so I had to make do with cider and potato pancakes instead.

The markt was bigger and busier than last year. It was also more diverse, including items from Russia, Peru, and Nepal along with German ones. We bought a lace table runner, glass ornaments and a tree topper, and a set of four houses to start a Christmas village for display. We wandered around for a bit, looking at all the booths, the tree, and a miniature tree setup.

After leaving the markt, we checked out the window display at Macy's. This year, it was Mary Poppins. I think they based it on the book, not the movie. (I hate to admit it, but I'm more familiar with the movie instead of the book.) We then had a late lunch at a deli before heading over to Millennium Park. Eugene lost some of last year's photos when his hard drive failed, so he wanted to replace them. We took some photos of us at the Bean, where he proposed to me nearly two years ago. Then we waited until the ice rink was full of skaters (it was being smoothed out) so he could take some pictures of them.

Our final stop was Ghardelli's for a rich chocolate mint sundae. Then I snuggled under a blanket in the car while Eugene drove home.

I didn't take as many pictures as Eugene did, but I posted some here:

1 comment:

The Dear NYer said...

Love the pics and the cap. Gorgeous ornaments. I love hand painted crafts, all of them. But, somehow, Christmas ornaments and crafts are my favorite. Sandra, I have an ornament from when my family and I lived in Chicago a long, long, time ago. I don't remember where mom purchased it from. It was the year before we moved to Greeen Bay and my mom came home with the most gorgeous hand made, pear shaped ornament. It has fabric, gold leaf stiching, ribbons, pearls, and crystals. I wish I knew more about it. Looking at your pics brought back many happy memories of Christmas as child. Thank you.

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