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Monday Morning Mirth December 13, 2010

Monday Morning Mirth

Nothing, but nothing, my friends, keeps Chicagoans away from their Jollies!

With so much holiday cheer to be found around town, one must just put on a happy face and about 20 lbs of down, hermatically seal the wrists, ankles and neck areas, and get to it!!

This lovely young lady is styling a wonderful grey number while enjoying the annual Christkndlmarket in Daley Plaza. Notice that quite a few folks aren’t even bothering with a cap (I think it was about 19 degrees, but who’s counting?)

Not these fellows who are workin’ it: the excellent head gear includes a dancing Santa Cap and wiggling Xmas Tree (notice the wonderful German beer in hand that makes many of the plaza walkers burst into song). I am tempted, even espcially drawn to the glog called Glühwein served up in a little red plastic boot, but like many others, I actually only have one thing in mind:

No, not the spirit of christmas, the loveliness of the tree, it’s what these ladies and about everyone else is clutching if they’re not holding a drink in the cold cold air:


Every year, I enjoy the hot sausage in the cold air; every year I almost buy the one called Leberkaese, until I realize, it looks like a giant slab of spam.

And with sammie in hand, I remember the real reason for the Christkindlmarket:

And I am especially delighted to find such lovely Sheep in the City:


I love the way they convey the hopefullness of the season (left) and the hopelessness of getting everything done (right) and even the fact that they don’t mind that they’ve been joined in the nativity crèche by what appears to be

A darling little French Poodle! So very holly jolly!

9 responses to “Monday Morning Mirth December 13, 2010”

  1. carlene says:

    I love this post! :D You’ve definitely captured it.

    I don’t remember the poodle in the manger, but it has been a long time since Catholic school…

  2. Karen says:

    Great post! As an ex-pat who left before Christkndlmarket in Daley Plaza began, I visited last year and was filled with the spirit of the place and the Gluwein! Are the pigeons still huddling around the eternal flame? Merry Christmas!

  3. Bonne Marie says:

    Yes! Because we miss you so, I will bravely go out into the cold and shoot a picture of them for you!

    It’s one of my and many tourists favorite parts of the Plaza.

  4. Peggy Rauhut says:

    One of your best posts! I’m really caught by that Chrismas tree hat- a project for 2011?

  5. AnnDS says:

    How can a Daley not comment when you’re at my family’s plaza? Have a wonderful Christmas season. From the radar I just looked at, we’re both getting snowed on as we speak.

    Stay warm!
    Ann DALEY S, Ohio

  6. love2stitch says:

    As someone from Germany please forgive me if I have to correct you – original Leberkaese is delicious and nothing like a slice of spam (I Am not even sure if spam qualifies as food ha-ha). I am not sure if the Leberkaese is authentic at your Christkindl market but if it is… then it would be an offense to compare it with spam!! ;-)

  7. Patty says:

    Great post Bonne Marie! Thinking of you and fellow Chicago folk in the frozen tundra!

  8. meppybn says:

    Such lovely sheep, indeed! Love their expressions. We’ve more than thawed out in the Pacific NW – deluged all w/end :( but gorgeous today around 50 degrees :)

  9. Anna says:

    Don’t tempt me! German sausages, Christmas lights, Daley Plaza and my most favorite of all public art! (Every time I visit The Windy, I must go pat the Picasso!) I will , as ever, be stuck in Middle Tennessee for the holiday, dreaming of the shop windows in the Loop. Bundle up, baby, it’s chilly up there.

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