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January 2018 - Nr. 1
Happy New Year from Echo Germanica
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, Editor-in-chief



Dear Reader

It was the middle of the night that I woke, about 4am. It was bitter cold still this night and I was thinking of all the creatures and people that were out there and not inside a warm house. How fortunate we are I was thinking. It is Christmas today for people of the orthodox faith, of which we know a few. We wish them a very merry Christmas and hope that they are safe. In Austria also a winter storm raged, much like in Atlantic Canada and the eastern seaboard. This might not be the coldest winter, yet, but it certainly broke some records day by day.

How wonderful it is to sit on the sofa with hot chocolate and seasonal cookies and sweets, the Christmas decorations still up. I always wait as long as possible to take them down. In the old days back in Germany, we would leave them till “Heilige Drei Könige”, January 6. It is somehow strange that they are celebrated after Christmas with Catholics and Protestants, while the Orthodox church places them on December 25.

No matter, this year everything stays longer than that, simply because it is too cold to operate outside of the house, and inside it is so cozy while the weather is so forbidding. Besides, I know that when I take the beautiful decorations and the tree down I will have had enough of winter. That means that I have to invest in a lot of flowers and plants until spring arrives, or else I get the blues. Other people go south, but we cannot leave because of our cats.

 

Happy New Year in great company!

 

By the way, did I tell you that we have a new addition? After we lost 2 of our 4 cats last fall, the house just felt empty, I especially missed Duky, who had been with us for 25 years! Well, we found another Duky in a Scarborough shelter. He is 4 and a half years old and loves us mightily! Our two other cats are not too fond of him yet, but I am hoping that will change eventually.

In this issue we recap a few Christmas stories besides the new years events in the community.

Last year was not my favorite one. I know many of you will agree that the world did not became a safer place with Mr. Trump sitting next to a red button. Let us hope that the American people have the wisdom to remedy the situation.

With that in mind I wish all of you a happy and healthy New Year. I thank all of you for your loyalty and cooperation, your contributions and comments.

Until we meet again I wish you all the best!

Sybille





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