December 2015 - Nr. 12
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
The 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
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.
Sybille and Rolf Rentmeister
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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