The Christmas festivities are starting to wind down. Mom headed back to North Carolina yesterday. She had been here for a week. I'm really happy she was able to come up for Christmas. I've missed spending the holidays with her. The week leading up to Christmas has been a crazy, busy, fun week. The day after Mom drove up from North Carolina, we drove down to Springfield, Illinois to explore new areas with Avery and her kids. We first went to a great little restaurant called Anchors Away. We chose this restaurant because we heard that it was haunted. Thankfully our waiter, Brock, was able to confirm this quickly for us.
During one of the posts last week, I briefly mentioned an interesting story involving St. Nicholas and The Pickled Boys. While that story was probably the least Christmasy thing you would associate with Saint Nicholas, it isn't the only unusual story behind the jolly old man. While doing research for these Christmas posts I ended up coming across a few more interesting stories that I thought you might like to hear.
While researching my previous post about Krampus and Knecht Ruprecht, I was surprised to learn that there are a couple of Christmas or Yule witches in Europe. The two main witches I came across were as different as night and day. Reading their stories made me think of the line from Wizard of Oz "Are you a good witch or are you a bad witch?"
Earlier this year, before Jeremy went off to recruiting duty, we thought that he would be sent to Germany for recruiting duty instead of central Illinois. It seemed to make sense that with us already OCONUS that the military would save money by sending us to another OCONUS location. Sadly, it was not meant to be. But before we found out for sure, you better believe I researched the heck out of Germany, its culture and its traditions.
Be sure to read all the way to bottom for some cool announcements! Big things are coming and I can't wait to share them with y'all. This past week has been a busy one. Thankfully Jeremy had Thanksgiving Day off.
For those of y'all who don't know what Mercury Retrograde is, let me explain what this frustrating time is. A couple of times a year for 3.5 weeks at a time, Mercury will appear to go backwards in the sky. It's not really going backwards. That's just an illusion as it hurries past Earth. During those 3.5 weeks, it feels like anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Electronics will suddenly break, miscommunications happen easily, and agreements fall through. It seems like while Mercury Retrograde is going on Murphy's Law is the law of the land. During a retrograde, you shouldn't buy new electronics, enter into any new agreements, travel, move, start a new job, or basically anything.