I know, because I have seen him with my own eyes.
Last weekend, on the way to O.K.'s, I got off the train at Karlsruhe (my usual stop on the way there and back) and met O.K. along with a couple of friends. Someone in our group of friends had suggested we visit the Christmas market there, and there we were.
It was just after 1:00 pm when we met up, so we started our excursion in full daylight.
Karlsruhe is one of those oddly laid-out cities where the main station is far off the actual city centre. It takes a 10-minute trip by tram to get to where the market square, pedestrian area and main shopping streets are.
A short walk from there brought us to the palace, which provided a splendid backdrop for the temporary ice skating rink.
That was not yet the proper Christmas market, although there were a few wooden stalls dotted around it with hot drinks and food. We had our first mugs of mulled wine there before moving on to the actual Christmas market in the city centre:
As it got darker, the lights became more pronounced. We had something to eat and another mug of hot drink (punch this time). And then it was 5:00 pm and we noticed that everyone was stopping and looking at a particular building.
A spotlight was directed to the edge of the roof, and there he was - Santa on his sleigh!
He rode across the sky and stopped above our heads, giving a short speech and waving to us. Then the sleigh moved on with sparks emitting from its skids - I was too slow with my camera then and not at the right angle, but it was pretty impressive! The red glow you can see at the front of the sleigh in some pictures is of course Rudolph's red nose.
Well, now I've seen Santa, I once more believe in him!
I was honestly in awe and felt very much like a little girl all over again; it was so well done and beautifully presented.
We had one last hot drink afterwards and then walked back to where we had started. The palace and skating rink looked even more beautiful and romantic now in the dark than before.
As a child and well into my teens, I loved skating, but I have not been on either rollers or ice skates in many years and have no idea how I'd fare nowadays. Maybe it is worth a try next year!
We took the train to O.K.'s shortly after 7:00 pm. All those hours since meeting at 1:00, we had been out and about, and now we were all ready to sit down on the train and almost fell asleep on the ride to Offenburg.
It was a nice excursion, and I enjoyed the Christmas market, but guess what - the one in Ludwigsburg is still my favourite.