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December 2015 - Nr. 12
Merry Christmas and the best of Seasons from Echo Germanica
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, Editor-in-chief


Dear Reader

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, or does it? Somehow something is missing and the obvious reason is the weather that does not quite play along. When it is a balmy 10 degrees Celsius picking a Christmas tree is a bit odd in our regions. We too start now dreaming of a white Christmas. We went to Ikea to pick up 2 trees for 20 bucks each. You get a coupon that can be redeemed in January if there is a purchase for over 75 dollars. We never use that but think it is a good deal anyway. I cut up the tress and fill all the containers with branches and leave the tops on, place them next to the bird feeders, so our feathered friend a have a bit of shelter, because we have no evergreens in the garden. That activity makes me feel like Christmas.

Christkindl Market KitchenerThe other thing I love is visiting Christmas fairs. The biggest is in Toronto. We used to go when it was introduced by a German company. Unfortunately, someone else took over who had a lot more money to spend to get it going. Let me tell you, it was a lot of money needed; the city is charging through the nose, and the cost of security alone is astronomical. Well, we go to the small markets now, always have. We went to the Donauschwaben in Scarborough. Then there was one in the Hansa Club and of course the best is in Kitchener. There they set the bar for originality very high.

We also had an interesting occasion to participate in Ottawa at a late 25 year Unification of Germany event that I will be telling you about later.

Just before I wrote this we had a sing-along concert with the Hansa Choir in the club and I contributed with the reading of 4 seasonal poems. What a delight that was for me.

November had the Remembrance Day and the Concordia Club hosted a ball that we attended.

Of course, there were many other events, unfortunately we cannot go to everything, wish we could!

So on this the 2. Advent that I am writing this, I am quite happily feeling the Christmas spirit and hope that you feel the same way. It is not about a lot of gifts and commercial activities, it is about the feeling that we develop over 4 weeks or so that brings us closer to the ultimate event: Christmas itself, the most important event in the Christian calendar.

If I could have a wish fulfilled it would be that all those with ill will towards mankind change their mind and exchange those feelings with good will.

Happy Christmas

Sybille and Rolf Rentmeister

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