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What to do on Christmas?

I know this might be a bit ahead but i rather get prepared soon.
My biggest fear right now is Christmas which is also my birthday, this will be the very first Christmas that I have no idea what to do and I definitively don't want to spend alone at home with the boys.
Last years here on Christmas I was still married and always someone of my mexican family will come to Switzerland to be with me. This year economy crisis hit us very bad here and Mexico so nobody is comming and now is only me and the boys.

Is there like a Christmas event in EF? that is also "kinder freundlich" Becuase I know in Zurich they sale this dinners and stuff but is basically for people without kids that goes to dinner and then to party. Is somebody else in the situation that will stay that date here alone? I could organize a dinner in My place.
I'll appreciate any ideas, Thanks

** FYI- Christmas is the way I call it because Im catholic, but I dont care if you are jewish, muslim, hindi or any other religion. I celebrated Bairan (not sure of the spelling) last year with some muslim girlfriends.
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I know this might be a bit ahead but i rather get prepared soon.
My biggest fear right now is Christmas which is also my birthday, this will be the very first Christmas that I have no idea what to do and I definitively don't want to spend alone at home with the boys.
Last years here on Christmas I was still married and always someone of my mexican family will come to Switzerland to be with me. This year economy crisis hit us very bad here and Mexico so nobody is comming and now is only me and the boys.

Is there like a Christmas event in EF? that is also "kinder freundlich" Becuase I know in Zurich they sale this dinners and stuff but is basically for people without kids that goes to dinner and then to party. Is somebody else in the situation that will stay that date here alone? I could organize a dinner in My place.
I'll appreciate any ideas, Thanks

** FYI- Christmas is the way I call it because Im catholic, but I dont care if you are jewish, muslim, hindi or any other religion. I celebrated Bairan (not sure of the spelling) last year with some muslim girlfriends.
How old are your boys?

Why not go up into the mountains to "visit santa at home"? Im sure there is something like that here?
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Old 02.08.2011, 13:15
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Re: What to do on Christmas?

thats a good idea, but not sure they will enjoy it. on xmas they will be 2y and 1y
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Old 02.08.2011, 22:14
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Re: What to do on Christmas?

For us it's more or less the same, the family cannot afford a visit here, so we spend the holidays by ourselves. Anyway, you could join us here in Basel if you don't matter hanging out with until then unknown fellow Mexicans. There's 3 of us: Ma', pa' and the 4 yo. boy. He would love playing with your children.
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Old 02.08.2011, 22:22
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Re: What to do on Christmas?

We will be at my mothers place in the UK over Christmas but we come back on 26 December. This sucks as usually we have people over (the ones who don't have family here) and I would have loved to have you and your children come over.
If you're interested, my church will be having a Christmas dinner probably early December or so and it would be great if you could join. I can fetch you and take you home again so you wouldn't have to worry about being out at night with your babies. It's not that late though, it's usually from around 17:00 until around 19:00 so it's not very late.

Let me know if you are interested and we can make arrangements.

(ooooh I feel so organized arranging things for Christmas in AUGUST )
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Re: What to do on Christmas?

I will most probably be here over christmas and ready to cook something. I have time on the 24th and 26th, 25th at friends place.
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Re: What to do on Christmas?

EF - Kinderfreundlich? Are you kidding me? I wouldn't take a mud wrestler to an EF event for fear of creating a trauma.

Try the various Christmas markets during the month of December, Freiburg, Stuttgart and Nürnberg are real pretty and I read here that Colmar also has a good spread. Kids like the atmosphere as much us the older generations, so just trawling through the streets in the cities (as opposed to the lifeless malls) is always good, you don't need to buy anything either. Smaller Swiss towns have Christmas fairs too, usually selling local produce and stuff that I normally like to laugh about like home knitted iPhone covers and other useless stuff, but the local color is good.
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For us it's more or less the same, the family cannot afford a visit here, so we spend the holidays by ourselves. Anyway, you could join us here in Basel if you don't matter hanging out with until then unknown fellow Mexicans. There's 3 of us: Ma', pa' and the 4 yo. boy. He would love playing with your children.
I could go on the 25th to spend the day there, would that be ok?

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I will most probably be here over christmas and ready to cook something. I have time on the 24th and 26th, 25th at friends place.
24th will be great, do you have like a christmas menu that you cook every year or its more spontneous? I also like to cook, so we could have diferent tastes and see who else joins?

Thanks all for your kind replays by post and pm. Im feeling less nervous about the date already
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Old 02.08.2011, 22:57
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Re: What to do on Christmas?

You can bring your dogs. EF-ers love dogs.

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We will be at my mothers place in the UK over Christmas but we come back on 26 December. This sucks as usually we have people over (the ones who don't have family here) and I would have loved to have you and your children come over.
If you're interested, my church will be having a Christmas dinner probably early December or so and it would be great if you could join. I can fetch you and take you home again so you wouldn't have to worry about being out at night with your babies. It's not that late though, it's usually from around 17:00 until around 19:00 so it's not very late.

Let me know if you are interested and we can make arrangements.

(ooooh I feel so organized arranging things for Christmas in AUGUST )
I'd love that, thank you so much. I'll send you a om with my details.
About the planning, I think I've been switzerlanded haha
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Old 02.08.2011, 23:07
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EF - Kinderfreundlich? Are you kidding me? I wouldn't take a mud wrestler to an EF event for fear of creating a trauma.

Try the various Christmas markets during the month of December, Freiburg, Stuttgart and Nürnberg are real pretty and I read here that Colmar also has a good spread. Kids like the atmosphere as much us the older generations, so just trawling through the streets in the cities (as opposed to the lifeless malls) is always good, you don't need to buy anything either. Smaller Swiss towns have Christmas fairs too, usually selling local produce and stuff that I normally like to laugh about like home knitted iPhone covers and other useless stuff, but the local color is good.
Well believe it or not, I have actually showed up to my 1st EF event and was kinder freundlich, the food wasnt but the people was

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You can bring your dogs. EF-ers love dogs.

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Well I don't have dogs, that will be just too much for me Im planing on converting EF in a kinder freundlich enviroment, wanna wish me luck on that one?
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I'd love that, thank you so much. I'll send you a om with my details.
About the planning, I think I've been switzerlanded haha
Brilliant! I forgot to mention my children are 3 years old and 1 year old so they are very close in age to yours
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24th will be great, do you have like a christmas menu that you cook every year or its more spontneous? I also like to cook, so we could have diferent tastes and see who else joins?
No, I don't have a special christmas menue but some really nice recipes from my father. If there are many people joining and cooking we could try to get a spot in a "Gemeinschaftszentrum" with kitchen and space for kids to play.
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I could go on the 25th to spend the day there, would that be ok?
Yes, it would be ok during the day. There's still plenty of time to decide . We can send use PMs to decide.
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No, I don't have a special christmas menue but some really nice recipes from my father. If there are many people joining and cooking we could try to get a spot in a "Gemeinschaftszentrum" with kitchen and space for kids to play.
Its a great Idea Do you think its too early to make it as an event? I mean on that date any "Gemeinschaftszentrum" will be booked and the earlier we know if someone else is joining the best chances we have. any idea?
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Its a great Idea Do you think its too early to make it as an event? I mean on that date any "Gemeinschaftszentrum" will be booked and the earlier we know if someone else is joining the best chances we have. any idea?
Yes, the date could be a problem. If we want to make it an event we would have to start searching now for a venue.
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