Testimonial Umar
Go to blogger profile

A Warm Christmas with American Host Family in Germany

As the festive season approached, my anticipation for my first Christmas in Germany reached its peak. Little did I know that the warmth and joy of the season would be magnified tenfold through a unique experience organized by my university, TU Ilmenau. The university had arranged stays with local families for international students, allowing us to immerse ourselves in the heart of German Christmas traditions. My destination was the home of Mark, an American living in Germany, and the memories of that holiday celebration will forever hold a special place in my heart.

My guest host for Christmas: Mark, who hosted me over Christmas and invited me to join his celebrations.
My guest host for Christmas: Mark, who hosted me over Christmas and invited me to join his celebrations.© Umar

A Festive Welcome at Leipzig Station

The day began early, with Mark graciously making his way to Leipzig station to receive me. The crisp morning air did little to dampen our holiday spirits as we walked together to his home, exchanging stories and laughter along the way. The festive season was already in full swing, and the streets were adorned with the twinkling lights of Christmas.

Coffee, Chocolates, and Heartfelt Conversations

Upon reaching Mark’s home, we kicked off our Christmas celebration with a steaming cup of coffee and sweet Christmas chocolates. As we settled into the cozy surroundings, introductions were made, and stories of our respective journeys unfolded. To my delight, I discovered that I wasn’t the sole guest; Hammad, another fellow traveler, was also part of this festive gathering.

Creating Culinary Magic and Cherished Memories

One of the highlights of our day was the unique dinner experience. Mark guided us in cutting vegetables, preparing cheese, and organizing an array of delectable treats. Equipped with food heaters, we each contributed to crafting a spread that reflected our individual tastes—a fun and heartwarming way to embrace the diversity of our backgrounds.

As the evening unfolded, we found ourselves in stitches, sharing anecdotes and capturing the spirit of Christmas in a video, each of us offering warm greetings in our native languages. The air was filled with laughter, the universal language that brought us closer despite our diverse origins.

For Christmas dinner there was raclette, which is typically eaten by Germans.
For Christmas dinner there was raclette, which is typically eaten by Germans.© Umar

Delicious Beginnings: American Pancakes for Breakfast

The following morning dawned with the tantalizing aroma of American pancakes, courtesy of our gracious host. Mark’s culinary skills left us in awe as we indulged in a delicious breakfast, savouring each bite while continuing our lively conversations.

Exploring Leipzig: A Blend of Old and New

Eager to explore the city, we ventured outside to discover the architectural gems that Leipzig had to offer. From the timeless beauty of old churches to the sleek lines of modern buildings, every corner told a story of the city’s rich history and vibrant present.

Heartfelt Gratitude to a Wonderful Host

Mark’s hospitality and genuine warmth made our Christmas celebration truly special. His generosity, coupled with the shared laughter and cultural exchanges, turned a simple gathering into an unforgettable experience.

Umar, Hammad, another of Mark's guests, and Mark himself discover the festively decorated Leipzig.
Umar, Hammad, another of Mark's guests, and Mark himself discover the festively decorated Leipzig.© Umar

A Call to Fellow International Students: Embrace Cultural Connections

Reflecting on this heartwarming experience, I wholeheartedly encourage fellow international students to seize the opportunity for such cultural exchanges. Participating in these initiatives not only enriches your understanding of local traditions but also forges connections that transcend borders.

In the tapestry of my memories, this warm Christmas with my American host family in Germany stands out as a testament to the power of shared experiences, laughter, and the universal spirit of the holiday season.

More about Umar

Comments

Write comment

More posts by Umar

Umar stands in Berlin in front of a painted piece of the Berlin Wall. You can see the socialist brotherly kiss between Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker, a painting by Dmitri Vladimirovich Wrubel at the East Side Gallery.
Umar stands in Berlin in front of a painted piece of the Berlin Wall. You can see the socialist brotherly kiss between Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker, a painting by Dmitri Vladimirovich Wrubel at the East Side Gallery.© Umar
Testimonial Umar
Blog post written by Umar
Cities of culture+8
Cities of culture+8

In line with this topic

A shot from a street in Hanoi, Vietnam. You can see a lighted shop, pedestrians in front of it.
It’s easy to highlight differences, but let us consider the similarity between the people, culturally and humanly. It’s evident to discriminate, but let us find out the resemblance between two nations, respectfully and diplomatically.© DAAD/ Anh-Hoang
Bloggerin Anh Hoang
Blog post written by Anh Hoang
Accomodation+8
Accomodation+8
A person walking between houses through the city
A person walking between houses through the city© Rumeng
Blogger Rumeng from China
Blog post written by Rumeng
Community+2
Community+2
Rostock lighthouse on the beach © Schlun/DAAD
Rostock lighthouse on the beach© Schlun/DAAD
City+4
City+4

Rostock

#BalticSeaBeach #OldTown #FerryHarbour