The day has finally come! Tonight is the big night in my German-dominated household *hehe*. We had a big Irish breakfast with the fam which was meant to tide us over until the afternoon when we will shortly have a little tea time with the last remaining Christmas biscuits. After than we will have dinner at 6pm – in my house traditionally fried sausage with sauerkraut and potatoes. But wait – we have a sauerkraut crisis!!! Instead of the Polish sauerkraut I usually buy (because it is more or less identical with the Silesian sauerkraut my family used to make themselves), we only have a tin of Bavarian wine sauerkraut left. No, that will not do 😂. The prodigal son, freshly returned from Berlin, just about hauled his ass out of bed (having been on a “12 pubs of Christmas” tour last night *tuttuttut*) and made a trip to the nearest Polish shop…
I’ve been at everybody for the last couple of days that they should organise the sauerkraut, but as per usual, it has been left to the last minute *exasperated mother sigh*.
On the plus side, the Christmas tree is up. My mum and I decorated it last night – a nice little project to keep maman busy 😉. Traditionally, in Germany people used to put up the tree on the morning of Christmas Eve. That’s how I remember it from my childhood. After breakfast my mother and father would vanish and the sitting room would be off-limits for me until it was time for what we call “Bescherung” – the distribution of presents.
Yes, there is a specific German word for it 😁 . I’d be sitting outside the sitting room in the stairwell of our house, and through the opaque glass door of the sitting room I could already see the vague, dark green shape of a Christmas tree and the yellow highlights of the candles. And then a little bell would ring, the sign for me to enter and for the festivities to begin. The mystery and suspense of it made Christmas Eve a truly magical experience. And it never disappointed…
The secrecy is not necessary anymore, now that the children are grown up. But the magic and the general sequence of events remain to this day. We’ll have our dinner first, and then we’ll withdraw to the sitting room with a glass of bubbly. Like every year, I’ll put the Christmas Oratorio by Bach on the stereo. That’s when Christmas has begun 😉
And so I now wish you all a happy Christmas – or a peaceful time, hopefully together with friends and family, basking in the warmth from a cheerful fire and enjoying some festive treats. I am thinking of all who are not blessed with family and shelter this season, and I hope that my and everyone else’s contribution via Richard’s JustGiving fundraiser will provide some of the warmth and necessities to those in need. – Here in our little corner of the internet and the fandom, we have had another year of fun and cheer. You all have been so generous this year, supporting not only the regular two fundraisers, but also a third one in aid of Ukraine. Thank you so much for that. Whatever the respective amounts are which we raise for charity, what matters to me most is to know that there are so many kind people out there who are willing to share with those who are less fortunate than us. Whether it’s money, items or time and support – it all goes into the big pot of kindness and gets redistributed into the world as positive energy. In a time of darkness – literally and figuratively – that is a light.
❤️ MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ❤️