January 2013 - Nr. 1
Sadly for me the holidays are over. I know a lot of people that
hate this season for its commercialism, but I always say that it
is what we ourselves make it. I have also been asked why I enjoy
the Christmas season, and the answer is simple: I start early.
In late November I start getting into my Christmas boxes and
pick out the first decorations. I start with some more candles,
add on an angel or two, then I get out some Father Christmases
or Santa Clauses, seasonal teddy bears and other stuffed
animals. Each weekend I add on. Eventually the garlands come
out, one for the mantel and one for the railing leading
upstairs. They too experience a gradual increase in decorations
until I am satisfied that they cannot look any more festive.
Of course there is a wreath on the door and one on the table, or
something similar. Table cloth and runners are also seasonal and
there will always be Christmas specials in the sweet department.
Who can imagine Advent without Stollen or Lebkuchen?
The Christmas tree is the last thing that goes up and these days
it is no longer a fresh one, but a beautifully decorated smaller
one that I place strategically, so it can been seen from the
living room, outside and the hall. Fresh bows I put everywhere
outside in the window boxes and planters together with some
“fake” Christmas stars. This year they protected some of my
purple mums. Would you believe some are still blooming now in
The early start also applies to accumulating presents for those
I want to surprise. That goes on all year and I store them in a
When you put away the last Christmas decorations for next year
think of what you want to put out first and keep it handy. Maybe
mark the box, so you know what is in them. Mine are numbered and
I know what I get first to start the process about one week
before the 1st Advent Sunday.
If you take your time well in advance the whole experience can
be quite pleasurable. I do not feel rushed and it is easier on
the budget too!
What I want to do now is thank all our friends, supporters,
clients and readers. This last year brought a few unexpected
changes for us since we lost our friend and partner Dr. Richard
Altermann. It has been almost a year to the day I write this and
he is still very much on our minds.
The community lost quite a few wonderful members last year, and
likely we will lose more this year. But it is like Richard said:
“I have done a lot of things in my life and most of them I did
right. The rest God will forgive me for!” As long as we can
that we will be all right.
I wish every one of you the very best of health and may good
will surround you in this New Year.
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, editor, editor-in-chief of
Echo Germanica, comments, cultural, artistic, political, daily events,
German-Canadian, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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