The party was officially started with the Fueurszangenbowle!! A brief description of Feuerzangenbowle: It translates literally to Fire-tongs-punch.... and it is AWESOME!
|You take red wine and add cinnamon, cloves and oranges to make it spiced wine|
|Next suspend a Zuckerhut(sugar-hat) over the pot of warmed wine|
|Pour rum (at least 54%) over Zuckerhut and light on fire|
|Using a ladle, add rum until the fire has melted the entire Zuckerhut|
After the Fueurzangenbowle the rest of the party was just talking and drinking. We were introduced to a few German drinking songs, played via YouTube:
The crowd is shouting Schinken (Ham) and Ei (Egg).. the song is about a sandwich with Ham and a Sandwich with Egg.....
Yes it was a loud boisterous party near the end... a few of Mariko's lab-mates started dancing to one of the songs (sorry for the dark video):
Once it reached midnight Mariko and I decided that it was time to head home (other people were still staying), so we made our trek back home and went straight to bed. I feel a little sorry for everyone in the lab, as they all had to be back to work in the morning.... where as I could sleep in as long as I wanted.
We have the official Lab Christmas Party on Thursday, hosted by the big boss Prof. Mendel. I'm curious to see how it differs from the smaller party that we just had.... don't worry, I will keep you all informed.