Happy Holidays from Berlin!

I spent Christmas in Berlin, Germany and it was fantastic. Here’s why.

Merry (belated) Christmas from Berlin y’all!

Liebling and I flew here on Friday, trading in the dry, cold weather in NYC for wet, considerably warmer climes here in Berlin. There’s no snow on the ground and to be honest, it doesn’t really feel like Christmas without the white stuff!


Freaky weather aside, we’ve been spending the last few days basking in the German-ness of Deutschland… and eating (a lot). Both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were spent sitting around tables stuffing our faces.



But more importantly, did I mention that the fam jam is here with me in Germany? My mom flew in from Toronto and aunt and uncle flew in all the way from Seattle to celebrate Christmas in Berlin.

I often say that my favourite part of travel is not the sights you see (the Brandenburg Gate is spectacular even in the rain!) but meeting locals and discovering how the lives they lead differ from your own!


A photo posted by Oneika Raymond (@oneikatraveller) on


Spending Christmas in Berlin with my German in-laws has thus been a great learning experience, for all involved. At the dinner table over the last days, the level of cultural exchange has been unreal. Amongst other things, we’ve discussed the customs and politics and food from our respective countries and cities, all the while noting how our ideologies and beliefs have been shaped by where and how we grew up. 

Breaking bread, literally and figuratively.

There’s been a lot of laughter and use of Google Translate, but also so many moments of understanding and gratitude for having had the means and opportunity to make this trip happen. As someone who has lived in many different countries but still feels strongly connected to home, it was so awesome to give my family a taste of why I love living abroad and exploring “The Other’s” culture.


It was also satisfying to give my in-laws more perspective on who I am and where I come from.

Of all the gifts I’ve received this holiday season, this was by far the best one.

Happy holidays! How have you been spending these last days of 2016? If you give gifts this time of year, what is the best gift you received?

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    December 28, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Merry Christmas Oneika! Beautiful pictures – as always.

    I spent Christmas at home and it did feel like it just a little bit. There were more homes decorated this year than last, so that was a good thing and we were finally ‘blessed’ with the harmattan season! Gifts are another story entirely! LOL..

    Happy Holidays!

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    December 29, 2016 at 3:11 am

    Oh jealous…
    I just love Germany..specially in Christmas!!

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    Victoria @The British Berliner
    December 29, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Awwww! That is just so cute. You and Liebling look marvellous together.

    And how lovely that your family were able to share in the German festivities too.

    Christmas in Germany is really a wonderful thing which is why I prefer Xmas in Berlin rather than in England! I mean, Christmas in Cheshire is amazing too, but it’s the fuss and palaver of Heathrow, or Manchester airport. No trains, no taxis, no transport whatsoever, and everyman and his cat on strike!

    You look so pretty in the top photograph. Liebling is a lucky man. 😀

    p.s. And are we ever going to meet up ever ‘cos December is pretty much over and are you here in January girlfriend ‘cos I’m getting booked up with Fashion Week, the British Film Festival, skiing, and travelling!!

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