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December 2016 - Nr. 12
Merry Christmas and the best of Seasons from Echo Germanica
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, Editor-in-chief

Dear Reader

We promised you in the last issue that we would visit as many Christmas markets as possible, and we did! We managed 5 altogether. Surely there are more, but we just could not fit in any more than that. At each visit, we went home with some goodies, especially cookies, the homemade variety. It is very convenient because now I do not have to bake for us. I have not baked cookies since my school days. Every year I promise myself to give it a go, and every year I somehow do not manage to get it together. There always have been some kind souls that gave us some homemade baked goods. We even got some mailed from Austria.

There are still a few occasions to celebrate Christmas before the candles on the tree get lit, or should I say plugged in? The debate of real candles versus electric lights is still on, but if I am not mistaken the real thing is not recommended, even outlawed, if I recall correctly. We do not even do a real tree in the house anymore, but make it very festive with garlands and lots of little lights and stars and a small artificial tree well decorated, angels and pine cones, Christmassy table cloths, some fresh green evergreen branches in and around the house take care of the ambience.

I have a multitude of big storage boxes with all sorts of Christmas figurines and paraphernalia from when I ran a much bigger household. Perhaps it is time to gift the stuff to someone younger with a growing family. But I hear that the young people do not have it with the ornate lifestyle for the holidays that we were used to. They do not like Chrystal and silver stuff, because it needs taking care of. Who has time nowadays? When we thought of the era of graceful living we referred to Victorian times. Now we can say it is our lifetime that had lots of graces that revived our hearts and souls.

As long as there are lots of lights to shine into our hearts there is hope and that is the promise of Christmas, that the world will wake up to a kinder and more compassionate future as we are currently seeing.

Merry Christmas!

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister

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