December 2016 - Nr. 12
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.
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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