In Germany, instead of reindeer pulling the sled in which Santa rides, he walks through the night, an angel by his side. He carries the toys in a patched sack, while hiking through deep snow.
On Christmas eve, December 24, the Christ child (Christkind, or Christkindl in Bavarian) brings presents for the children.
The day after Christmas, the children play outside, skating, sledding and trying their new skis.
I’ve definitely played outside most days on, and after Christmas, on nordic or alpine skis!
When Tristan was growing up, I took Christmas day off work (teaching ski lessons) to ski with the family at Vail or Beaver Creek.
This year, Tristan has a broken leg, but we hope that he can try double-poling on the nordic track in Frisco on New Year’s Day.