Since we're not in the USA, our daughter's school only gives them a one day holiday on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Back in 2011, we had this same three day weekend and opted to visit the south coast of England.
With this same tiny little holiday on the horizon in a couple months, I thought it would be fun for the husband and teen to see one of the best Christmas markets in Germany. And it just so happens that I've been dying to tour the cathedral in Cologne. As luck would have it, Cologne is reputed to have one of the top Christmas markets in Germany, so it's a win-win for all of us.
The flights are booked. The hotel reservations are pending and now we just need to secure a full day private tour of the historic city centre. I'm really excited about this - a short trip, but should be a fun way to kick off the holiday season. It's like the Weihnachts back home in the Texas hill country, only it's the real deal in Germany. This will be an early Frohe Weihnachten, y'all!