winterwonderland1For the past two years, my children have been begging us for snow. They miss that aspect of home, Utah, where they could bundle up, play in the snow for a few minutes and run inside for some hot cocoa to warm up. The topic of snow comes up at least once a month in our home. Of course I could take them to Ski Dubai in Emirates Mall, but that’s not quite what they are looking for in this situation. They want to “live” in the snow for an extended period of time, experience winter. One of them recently said to me that they want to see the smoke come out of their mouth again.

Twinterwonderland2his holiday season we have decided we will bundle up our three little ones and take them on a Christmas spectacular vacation sure to fulfil their every vision of the holiday season. We’re off on a magical Christmas market tour spending winter in Germany and Paris. I can’t even imagine how overwhelming the spirit of Christmas will be, and I know this mommy is going to tear up more than once along the way, as I see the glimmer of belief shining in each of their eyes.

The Itinerary

Here’s our proposed trip. We’ll be flying into Munich and taking trains for the rest of the trip. Our route takes us from Munich to Dresden to Berlin to Cologne to Paris to Cologne to Munich (and possibly to Salzburg) and back to Munich. In each city, we’re going to visit the most popular Christmas markets and maybe a beer garden or two. The purpose of the trip to see all the wonderment and joy that surrounds the festive towns of Germany during the holiday season, while taking advantage of the time we have where all three children still BELIEVE.

We have 15 days to do this trip. I debated on staying for the full three weeks we have off, but three weeks on the Euro is not family friendly with five people. Here’s what it will look like.

The Packing…Oh the Packing!

The daunting task of packing has been left for the day before we leave. This is totally not my norm. I usually have everything laid out, organized, bundled, labelled and ready. Not sure what happened this go around. I think I’m a little intimidated by all the winter gear needed. How am I going to fit it all? It’s nothing like our trip to Thailand, which included sundresses, bathing suits and flip-flops. This is hats, mittens, scarves, coats, jeans, sweaters, thermals, boots and more. All the bulky stuff. But where there’s a will, there’s a way. We’re making it fit because the last thing I want are three frozen popsicles crying throughout the journey from being too cold.

Wish us luck and we’ll see you when we return!