50th Wedding Anniversary party

Trip Start Sep 02, 2005
Trip End Nov 19, 2005

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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Today was the party for my Great Aunt and Great Uncle's (my Opa's brother) 50th wedding anniversary. They live right next door to Anne and her family and the party was held there. Mass was at 10:30am and then food was served around 1pm. I have never eaten so much in my entire life. First of all everyone here started drinking around 11:30am. I don't know how they do this all the time. We ate a six course meal and I was about to explode at the end. We were first served chicken salad, then soup, salad, the main course of meat, veggies, and potatoes, then liquor ice pudding and ice cream. After a break we sat down again to have coffee and cakes. Every girl in the family bakes her best cake and then everyone gets to try one of their choice.

For the rest of the day everyone just hangs around and drinks. There was also a ton of dancing. Everyone was showing me and Sarah how to dance the German way. They all go to school to learn to dance when they are about 15 years old. Eins, Zwei, tap...I think I almost have it down. My Opa was excited to help me learn to dance...I'm really sad I am going to miss their 50th Anniversary on November 12th. By midnight almost everyone had gone home. Sarah and I were troopers and were the last ones to leave. I think my family was proud of us! I have never seen people drink or eat so much before though. I guess they have parties for almost any reason over here...I think I like this place.

For Anniversaries the neighbors put up a wreath around the door and decorate the yard the Saturday before the party. Because this was a 50th Anniversary it is called the Golden Anniversary. That means the flowers in the wreath and decorations are all gold...for 10th is wooden, then one is silver, etc. Of course they have a party for the hanging of the wreath also. I will post some pictures of this so you can see.

I met so many family members today, I didn't realize how many cousins, etc. I had over here. My Opa is a part of a family with seven children and his brother also had seven children, so even though it was just family at the party there were a ton of people there. There were many cute German boys there...but...I think I'm related.

This may have been my favorite day in Europe. It was so amazing to see all of my family and everyone I had heard about. Many of the people there had already visited the United States, so I recognized a few faces. Everyone was so friendly and very welcoming. I did my best to speak a little German, even though almost everyone can speak English. I never paid attention in high school and now I am regretting it. After being here I really want to take it again in college and come back and be able to communicate with everyone.

I really can't describe how much fun I had in just this one day. I love it here!
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