It was now Christmas morning in Hetzerath, Germany, our only Christmas in this house – here are some of our Christmas cards displayed on the piano.
This little table was converted for a few different uses during the holidays, such as for displaying our Christmas cards – which I thought made for a nice picture.
Christmas morning has always been an informal and mellow time for our family, and here David investigates what Santa brought for him.
With the number and frequency of our moves it was never a sure thing that Santa would get our change of address card…but the Jolly Old Fella always seemed to somehow get it right.
In Hetzerath David was in the local German Elementary School and doing all of his work in German of course – which was quite challenging for him but an opportunity we thought was important for him at the time.
Children who are bilingual and multi-cultural, don’t have a way to compare their extra linguistic efforts to the experiences of other children growing up – they think it’s quite normal to learn two different languages at the same time.
My impression of observing David learning both English and German side by side is that two languages requires extra work for the mind to sort everything out and cross-reference between them – which is a good thing for the mind of a child to experience.
I’ve always liked taking photos of Christmas trees and cropping them to show the colorful ornaments and presents arranged under the tree – and I always know that all the images of Christmas will once again be highly anticipated next year too.
David makes quick work out of Santa’s gift wrapping skills to reveal a Batman video for him to watch.
David shows that the second gift was a Disney Snow White video, and in those days prior to having internet access David had a growing video library.
The reality of Christmas morning for children is that all of the games and toys are spread out covering as much of the room’s floor as physically possible.
This is of course the time when budding Engineers are born, and now some 16 years later David is in college studying to make that Engineering dream his reality.