Letter from Germany -4 (Slice of Life)


( I am in Germany in my daughter’s place. Her daughter was born this month on the 10th. I write mails to my mother ( Amma) and my father’s elder brother’s wife, my Doddamma ( elder mother ). I also send photos. My Doddamma is 86 and is mostly in her room and her home. My cousin’s wife wrote to me that my Doddamma was very happy to read and see the photos of my grandchildren which I send through WhatsApp. She says she can now imagine what they are doing. My mother too enjoys them. WhatsApp is such a blessing in many ways. It helps us to stay connected with our near ones, if we want to. 😊)


Dear Doddamma and Amma,

Today morning I raised the shutter of the kitchen window and I was surprised to see no snow at all. Yesterday it had been snowing the whole day and there was snow everywhere. When I told my grandson, Advaith that all the snow had disappeared, he said there was a small snow island in the middle. And yes, there was a snow island.


Yesterday there was a lot of snow and being Sunday we could see families playing in the snow. Outside our building a snowman was being made. It was fun watching them. They made a small snow ball and kept rolling it on the ground. As they kept rolling more snow stuck to ball and became bigger. In this way they made a big snowman.


There is a main road next to our building ,on the other side of the road there are rows of houses, then the next street. Many children were throwing snowballs at each other. They were all having a nice time.


Vinay and Advaith made muffins. A ready to make mix is available. It has to be mixed and baked in the muffin plate. They have made them earlier many times. Yesterday Kavya completed one month, the muffins were made in celebration of her first month birthday.  She likes to be held and loves to doze when she is our arms.

At 4.30 Gayatri, Advaith and I went out for 15 minutes to see the snow close up. It looks so beautiful.  It feels very nice to walk on snow, there is crunchy noise.


After 15 minutes we came in. Vinay said we could go to the Christmas market.

Christmas markets are a very important part of the month of December here in Walldorf and also elsewhere in Germany. The Hauptstrasse near the town centre where no vehicles are allowed. The Christmas market is held here. It is a small carnival or fair and it is held in every season.
Christmas markets are held in the first two weekends in December. Yesterday evening Vinay, Advaith and I decided to walk to Hauptstrasse. It is only about twenty minutes away a straight road from Gayatri’s home to that place. We left at 5 but it was dark like about 9o’clock in the night. There was a lot of snow in the side of the footpath and Advaith enjoyed walking on the snow. The lighted Christmas tree looked beautiful.

Christmas market is a small fair, there are about ten or twelve shops. Some were selling eatables, drinks and various things. There was a music band too. I was seeing so many people in Walldorf for the first time. 😊
I enjoyed a small mug of glühwein. It is a hot drink and is an important part of Christmas markets in Germany. I read how it is made.

( In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and cinnamon stick. …Cut orange in half, and squeeze the juice into the simmering water. …Pour in the wine, and heat until steaming but not simmering. …Serve hot in mugs or glasses that have been preheated in warm water (cold glasses will break.).)
The mug was beautiful and I had to take a photo.

Advaith enjoyed merry-go-round rides. We listened to the music and walked back home. Here people decorate their homes for Christmas. It looks beautiful.


We were back home by 6.45. It was a good outing. Today morning all the snow had disappeared and it was raining the whole day. I did not go for a walk today.

With lots of love,

Letter from Germany -4 (Slice of Life)

Categorized as reflections

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. Twice a week I used to go to a home for the mentally challenged . But I have not gone there since March 2020. I will start going there again but I do not know when. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.


  1. Our snow has hung around because the temperature really dropped. We don’t have those outdoor markets, though a friend just returned from Toronto and spoke of ones similar to what you describe. Sounds very nice.

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