It's cold in Germany.
Many of you may not think it's cold, but for a couple of newlywed kiddos from the Deep South like us... it was cold.
But Germany has Christmas Markets.
So the cold was easy to overlook.
Each town hosts at least one Christmas Market in Germany. "Amazing" cannot even describe it. Most people are cheerful, friendly and inviting. "Merry Christmas" banners hang on sides of the buildings, and guess what? People don't protest them or rip them down. In America, people try to protest nativity scenes and anything that says the word Christmas; but not in Germany. They believe in Christmas and they celebrate it like no country we've ever seen.
This particular Christmas Market was in Heidelberg, Germany. Five different markets lined the main street of the town: Kornmarkt, Markplatz, Universitatplatz, Anatomiegarten, and the Bismarckplatz.
See the line of lights in the photo below? Those are the walkways between the Christmas markets....
Before we shopped, we had to make one crucial stop.
Check out the Fuerwurst that I grabbed at the Christmas Market booth above.
JD got the steak with onions.
Are you a Nutella fan?
If so, go to Germany. Everything is Nutella there, including the special crepes.
Ok - so we realize that kissing pictures are cheesy and a lot of people don't think they're very cool... but how can you resist when there is a store right in front of you called Coffee & Kiss?
I mean, you really have no other choice, right?!
Below you will see a gigantic Christmas Pyramid - life size, at that.
I could've stood and stared at this thing until it got dark.
And maybe we did...
(Haha - kidding, we walked back to it after we finished touring the markets and it just so happened to be all lit up.)
How beautiful is that!?
When we realized how big of a deal Christmas Pyramids were in Germany, we just had to get one for our own Todd Nest. Each tier displays a piece of the Christmas story - except Baby Jesus isn't on there. We like to think that the candles display who He is - the Light.
Have you ever seen one of these in person? It's super cool. The heat from the candles rise and spin the propellers at the top, which in turn spins each tier. It's one of our favorite Christmas decorations.
What is your favorite Christmas decoration?
Keeping in line with our last post about extras...
Did you know JD and I were in a movie??
Yeah. Like, we were stars for about twelve seconds. It was awesome.
Ok, so it was only an ABC Family movie. BUT we officially made it onto Netflix. What!?
If you want to check out our part, without watching the rest of the movie - you can.
Movie: My Future Boyfriend
(It was originally named "Always & Forever" which we liked a lot better, but oh well.)
Time Stat: somewhere around the 39 minute mark.
About three months after graduating from college / three months into our marriage, we were living in "The Bungalow" (AKA: a cabin right next to my gracious grandparents on Lake Oconee). I was jobless and JD had just gotten a small job at a technology storefront in town. Needless to say, we had a small income and very flexible schedules.
So when we heard about Extras Casting Atlanta on Facebook, we were super pumped.
We heard about this company via my brother, Chase.
Side note: You can see him as an extra in the movie Wanderlust. We watched the movie on the airplane just to get a screenshot of him...
They asked us to bring in a few outfits for the wardrobe department to choose for our part. The wardrobe dept. told JD "Your outfit looks perfect," then pointed to me and said, "Uhh... What else do you have?"
I ended up with the floral dress and JD ended up with a green polo and shorts.
Then we got on set...
The director looked at JD and said, "What is he wearing? Did you even go through the wardrobe dept? Go change."
We got a pretty big laugh out of this. The wardrobe dept. got him some khakis and dress shoes within a few minutes, and we were back on set.
Our part was "so important" that we were not allowed to play as extras in any other part of the movie because the audience would notice us. This led to an entire twelve hours on set (getting paid $9 an hour), only to act for 30 minutes of it.
We were supposed to portray "love" so JD bought me a rose, we kissed and walked off.
They shot about four different angles and we were finished.
About nine months later, someone wrote on my Facebook wall: "I'm pretty sure I just saw you on ABC Family..."
Contrary to our beliefs, they decided to keep our part in the movie and we were on TV.
How cool is that??
We still can't believe that we were in a movie, but it hits on our Top Ten List of the most exciting adventures we've had thus far. It was also the prime part to play as newlyweds.
What unexpected thing would go down on your Top Ten Most Exciting Adventure List?