December 2014 - Nr. 12
Winter is here, there is no doubt. The festive season is obvious
everywhere we go. Like on our front page there is a bit of
mysterious atmosphere, a little bit of dusk that obscures
reality; or elsewhere there are bright lights that make
everything sparkle. Seasonal concerts abound and give much
pleasure, especially when we can sing along. Stories and poems
are shared and remind us of our childhood.
November had cold and rainy days, also when we went to Kitchener
for “Totensonntag” which is called Remembrance Day here. But we
do not have an event on the same day, we always do it later, as
not to interfere with the local customs. November also brought
us the annual “Martini Tanz” of the Burgenlaender at the Danube
We went to the Opera, Opera York to be precise. We drove out to
Union Ville to have a festive lunch with
Glühwein at the Old Country Inn. I am always amazed how the quality of this
restaurant has been so very constant for all these years. That
is the reason why it is such an enduring success, that and the
cozy old world ambience, no matter what the season.
We visited the Christmas markets in the Hansa House and in
Kitchener. There are of course other markets, like the one in
Toronto’s Distillery District, which apparently has reached the
status of belonging to the ten best locations worldwide for such
a venue. We would go if the parking was better or the public
transport more inviting, but since we like our comfort we have
to forego such inconvenient outings. It appears to be a great
spot for younger families. It is interesting to note that the
German effort to bring a Christmas market to Toronto was marred
with obstacles and did not survive. One wonders what changed,
now that it is no longer in German hands. But Germans did or
will congregate there for a casual Christmas gathering.
If not there surely we will run into each other at other events
this season. Any event still taking place after this issue will
be recounted in the January issue.
We wish everyone a peaceful
Advent and a wonderful Christmas.
Rolf and Sybille Rentmeister and team Echo Germanica
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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