Every December, I love all of the parties, lights, and merriment leading up to December! This year was no exception. When the Lausanne Palace turns on the Christmas lights, you know the countdown is on!
This year’s celebrations included, a work dinner and gift exchange with my team. We celebrated over fondue chinoise (unlike cheese fondue, this involves preparing meat in a boiling broth). It’s served with potatoes and carrot salad.
We also said farewell to a team member I will really miss! Thankfully, he’s staying in Switzerland, but he was a huge help to me during my first year here. As he’s Italian, he taught us many important hand gestures, so we made him a card full of photos of us sending messages through hand gestures. It was a hit!
The office cafeteria offered a 3-course Christmas lunch in the middle of December, which was a fancy surprise!
The whole Purina EMENA team had a themed Christmas party in the middle of December. Now, I’ve heard of ugly Christmas sweater parties, but that’s about the only theme I’ve heard of at Christmas time…until now. This year’s Christmas party theme was “Pirates of the Caribbean.” (Don’t worry, if you’re as confused as I was!) Thankfully, they told us about it before my recent trip to the US, so I was able to buy an awesome costume on Amazon. Most everyone went all out, which made it really fun!
My mom arrived December 13, and we went to a Christmas party the same night. I’m sure she was buzzing with jet lag, but she did great! Many of the party guests were also at my 4th of July party this summer (which also happened to be my mom’s first day in Switzerland), and they joked they are becoming her welcoming committee! (Sadly, I forgot to take any pictures at the party, but we snapped one of my ugly sweater before leaving the house.)
On Sunday after church, we went for a fondue lunch at my favorite fondue restaurant, Le Tsalé in Les Paccots. A couple of sweet girlfriends joined, and we had such wonderful time! There’s no snow in Montreux, but there’s already snow up the mountain in Les Paccots!
And finally, we went to the Montreux Christmas market for dinner two different nights – once just us and once with my Connect Group ladies for our final gathering of the year. It always feels so festive! And this year, I made sure to get my Tartiflette!!
On December 19, we left for a big adventure in Australia and New Zealand, which has been in the works for more than a year. I’ll tell you all about it when I get back. Just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and to tell you about all the fun I had counting down to its arrival this year!