i think we were successful on both fronts, but i'll let you be the judge of that.
tyler and i both love the christkindlmarket. it's a schlocky tourist trap, yes, but anywhere you can get a bavarian pretzel (or potato pancake, or bratwurst) and a nice boot filled with hot spiced wine can't be all bad. daley plaza always looks so pretty with the little booths and christmas lights, and it's become a tradition for us to go at least a couple of times and drink in the spirit of the season.
our preferred source for the traditional german clippie bird, as we call them, is käthe wohlfahrt from rotherburg, germany. we got a pretty nice assortment this year. if anyone was wondering how many bird ornaments you can get for $15, here is your answer: