At approximately 6:49pm, Monday, December 10, 2012, I completed my first semester with a simple mouse click on the "send" button, and with that last paper submitted, I was uber excited to explore Chicago a bit more. Today the spirit of exploration guided two of my classmates and me to the Christkindlmarket (a Christmas market) in Daley Plaza. We spent the morning roaming around different holiday stands, searching for potential presents, and tasting a variety of holiday treats. 'Twas a perfectly lovely experience, especially with a boot of hot drink in my hand. That's right, a boot!
|Celebrating at the end of our first semester.|
I had no idea, but using a boot-shaped drinking vessel is apparently a well-known tradition(?). Still, for this girl--who lives under a rock--the boot mug was one of the highlights of the market! Turns out that this tradition began (or so my research says) when a Persian general swore to his troops that if they were successful in battle, he would drink out of his boot to honor them. Cleverly, the general had a glass-maker create a boot-like drinking glass so that when the general was required to fulfill his vow, he didn't have to taste his own toe-jam. To this day, people still celebrate victory by drinking out of these boot-shaped glasses. Awesome. Although I had no clue of its significance when I was taking sips from my Christkindlmarket boot, I will gladly claim my victory drink retroactively: first semester of seminary is in the books--celebration!
Having enjoyed the crisp afternoon laughing with friends, listening to Christmas music, and drinking out of a boot, I believe today was a fantastic way to meander my way into winter break. Here's to Chicago, to fall semester, and to the expectation of many joys ahead. I raise my boot to you all!