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Remembering Christmastime in Berlin

I hope you are having a wonderful Holiday Season.

Christmas Magic at Berlin's Gendarmenmarkt

Have you seen the latest images from Berlin? For as much as the times have changed, one thing that has not changed is Christmastime in Berlin. The Christmas Markets all over Berlin are open for business. Traditional Gingerbread Hearts, Gluhwein, Bratwurst, and all the other great and tasty food and drink.

Traditional Gingerbread Hearts

The food is not the only reason visit those Christmas Markets. The abundance of handmade crafts and gifts for kids of all ages. The nutcrackers, the wooden doll candle-holders, Christmas tree ornaments and just about anything else.

Of course, all the markets throughout a unified Berlin are nothing compared to the one we remember the at the foot of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, better known as Weihnachtsmarkt am Gedächtniskirche. I can almost smell the Gluhwein now.

The entrance of the Christmas Market at the Gedachtniskirche in Berlin (image courtesy berlin-enjoy.com)

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Happy Boxing Day & Feast of St. Stephen

Greetings Everyone,

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas day. Today is BOXING DAY and Feast of St. Stephen. We don’t celebrate, Boxing Day, much here in the United States but this day is thoroughly celebrated by our good friends across the pond.  It was in Berlin that I first heard about the holiday that also falls on the Second Day of Christmas.

BOXING DAY, according to Wikipedia, is a “holiday traditionally celebrated the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts, known as a “Christmas box”, from their masters, employers or customers, in the United Kingdom, Barbados, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Bermuda, New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and other former British colonies. Today, Boxing Day is a public holiday usually falling on 26 December.

As for St. Stephen’s Day, again according to Wikipedia, “St. Stephen’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Stephen, is a Christian saint’s day to commemorate Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr or protomartyr, celebrated on 26 December in the Western Church and 27 December in the Eastern Church. Many Eastern Orthodox churches adhere to the Julian calendar and mark St. Stephen’s Day on 27 December according to that calendar, which places it on 9 January of the Gregorian calendar used in secular contexts.

In musical lore, today is also the Second Day of Christmas. According to the 12 Days of Christmas song your true love should be sending you: “Two Turtle Doves and (you should have, from the day before) a Partridge in a Pear Tree.”

Talk about a busy day. Seriously, when did it become such a busy day?

In Berlin, December 26 was usually one of the most low drag, low speed, laid back days of the year. It typically, did not matter whether you lived at housing or barracks or on the economy usually not much happened the day after Christmas. Talk about a change of pace from the day before Christmas (12/24).

What do you do on this Boxing Day? Do you have any traditions? Or do you just hunker down and watch the College Bowl games?

Personally, I am going to try to catch up on some sleep and enjoy some leftovers. However, the last of the Christmas cookies will have wait.

HAVE A GREAT DAY!


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