The sixth wedding anniversary is traditionally celebrated with a gift of iron. This, as it turns out, is a difficult gift to shop for: we’re already pretty well set in the iron department: we own an iron skillet, an iron Dutch oven, an iron grill, a clothing iron, and a sense of irony. It was the Curmudgeonly Lion’s year to plan the anniversary celebration (he plans the even years, I plan the odd years: this saves a lot of “so what do you want to do for our anniversary… I dunno, what do you want to do?” conversations). Cleverly, he decided not to go with the traditional gift of iron and chose to go with beer and sausages instead.

This was an excellent choice.

We went out to a German themed restaurant called the Red Lion for a sausage platter and beers in souvenir krugs (I had to look up what the difference between a krug and a stein is: answer= only Americans call them “steins”) featuring an illustration of a pair of sausages, one wearing lederhosen and one wearing a dirndl. So if nothing else, we have a stoneware token of our anniversary and we are now set for Oktoberfest.

German food always reminds me of Christmas. When I lived in Chicago, one of the favorite Christmastime activities was going to the Christkindlemarkt: a German themed craft fair held outdoors in tents in Daly Plaza. Just in case you missed that, let me reiterate: it is a craft faire held outdoors in Chicago in December. It is COLD. Hot food is a must. Maybe a little Guhlwein too. (That’s hot mulled wine, y’all. It comes in a souvenir mug shaped like a boot.) So I’ve come to associate German food and German beverages in souvenir stoneware with Christmas, and now I can associate it with anniversaries too. Celebrations all around.

By the time we got home, it was late so I didn’t end up writing anything. Today wasn’t nearly as interesting to write about (cleaned house, went for a run, tried to navigate the legal language of an option agreement) so I thought I’d stick with the fun stuff even if it is slightly belated.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on October 9, 2016.

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