Thursday, December 4, 2014

Juliet, Santa Sightings, and Kris Krindl Market

Yesterday I went to the Kris Krindl German Market in downtown Chicago. It is such a festive event with outdoor vendors, food booths, a life size Nativity, Santa's House, and a huge Christmas Tree.

Being outside in the cold, bundled up in this festive environment with many other people who are having a good time as well, adds to the holiday feeling. If you ignore the Chicago buildings and landmarks, it almost feels like you are in a small German town. But why would you want to do that when you can enjoy the tall buildings and the Picasso and Miro? The Market is a great way to begin "feeling the spirit."

I purchased a Bratwurst with sauerkraut topped with Dusseldorf Mustard and took it into the crowded warming house. I spotted a space at a table with a mom, dad, and a little girl and asked, "Is there room for Santa to join you?" The little girl's eyes were bright and she seemed almost too afraid to hope that this was real.

I asked her if she had been a good girl and she shook her head yes. I asked her if she had misbehaved a little and she shook her head yes. He dad told me, "At least she is honest." and I agreed. I told Juliet to let her parent know what she wanted for Christmas and I would try to do my best, although I couldn't promise that I would bring everything she asked for since there were no many good children on my list. She said she understood.

I really enjoyed the game and there is a 50/50 chance that Juliet believed.

I was peeking into Santa's house which is only open on weekends and taking a few pictures. A little boy was upset at not getting to see Santa and then saw me. I shrugged my shoulders and said, "Day off!"

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