Below, some pictures from our afternoon at the Bruckerhof.
Hans has known it from the early 1970s when he was posted to Lahr the first time. (He was posted there again in 1980 and has been here since.) He meets at the Bruckerhof weekly with a group of Canadian and German men, all of them either retired Canadian military or Germans who had worked for the Canadians. (The remains of the " X OB's Legion Germania," a group formed in the 1980s.) We women are invited to join them a couple of times a year. This was one of those times. Bruckerhof means "Brucker farm."
We put up our tree on the morning of December 23rd. Hans had gotten it at our usual tree farm in the hills a couple of days before. This was also 4th Advent Sunday and the day we lit the fourth candle. All was now in readiness for the two big days to come as we also prepared a few things for our special meals on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.