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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 128: “And Here Comes the Holiday Season…”

Yep! Holiday season. A strange holiday season at the end of a strange year. I know, this year is strange for all of us, all over the world. Many families in many countries looking back in anger because of a personal loss. Lots of fear for many people: will I get infected? Will a family member get infected? And when having symptoms, the fear changes to “I hope, it’s something else”. And after a confirmed infection, this changes again. Now the question is “will I survives and will I recuperate completely”. I guess I can understand these feelings as I got tested in June in Iceland and waiting for the result was not enjoyable. Earlier this week my wife got tested because of an infection. She (we) had to wait about 30 hours for getting the result. It turned out, the test was negative, but instead, she was diagnosed with a lung infection – also not good, but better as COVID19.

In a ‘normal’ year, December is the worst month of the year. Besides the necessary Christmas-related happenings, I have 13 birthdays during December in my closer family circle plus the close friends. 8 of them are still upcoming, including mine. So, it’s a lot of stress to get all the necessary visits and festivities coordinated. The other thing is, in general, I don’t like the early start of Christmas decorations and products in the supermarkets (really, is it necessary to start end of September selling this stuff????) and playing the same 5 or 6 Christmas songs for months in the shops (yes, Band-Aid, Wham and Mariah Carey are among them 😫). Similar situation, when turning the radio on. Call me Mr. Grinch, but I can’t stand this anymore. Ok, ok, I’m not that extreme as Mr. Grinch. I don’t hate Christmas at all and I don’t try to ruin it for others. But, I don’t like how we are showered with music, decorations, smells, and so on for such a long time each year and always the same kind of stuff. This has nothing in common with the idea of Christmas.

OK, this year is different. No driving to work and working from home instead saves me from hearing these songs over-and-over again in the car (I’d need to commute 2 hours per day). I also try to avoid entering a shop as I’m one of those with a high risk for a dramatic course. Christmas shopping is done either online or I delegated it. Even all the birthday parties are skipped and there no necessity to attend an Advent or Christmas celebration in the office, society, or church. Staying home a lot. I even participated in my first ever virtual Christmas party organized by a lady from my department. It was nice and entertaining. Among other things, she had a Christmas-related quiz organized: 20 questions around Christmas. I had 10 correct answers (it would have been 12 if I would have followed my first idea and not corrected) and in the end, I  ranked #13 out of 96. I guess that’s quite good despite the questions were sometimes very American and British. You could ask me, are there no happy feelings bound to Christmas? Sure, there are some 🙂

Here, we have a saying: Die Dosis macht das Gift (the dose makes the poison). Another one is “putting sugar in the honey”.

So, the grouching hour is over, Christmas season is around the corner. Here are a couple of Christmas related images from the past years. Btw. I want to tell you the greatest and most valuable Christmas present ever that I got: my daughter, my first child, was born the night before Christmas (Dec 23rd at about 22:00h). She really has Christmas spices in her blood! During December she’s always wearing a Santa Clause-like jelly bag cap either in red or in dark-blue with tons of little stars. But, both are having a white edge and pompon. Even her son has such a hat (he only has a red one). So, it’s quite funny to see them walking along the street like two of the dwarfs searching for Snowwhite.

In the past, I wrote a small series of posts on how Christmas and Advent look like here in Germany. Maybe your interested and check them out. They are all tagged with “Advent” and have “Cultural notes” in the subject.

 

a woodcarving crib

 

some Christmas cookies

 

Advent wreath

 

a home-made Advent calendar in our kitchen

 

a felt crib

 

a classical Christmas tree with the gifts for the kids under the tree

 

a detail of the Christmas tree (no wax candles anymore for security reasons)

 

a booth at the Christmas market

 

another booth at the Christmas market

 

So, thank you Ann-Christine for this wonderful theme, and forgive me for my grouching 😊

I wish you and your beloved a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you in 2021!!

Take care!

23 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challange 128: “And Here Comes the Holiday Season…””

  1. Love the Advent wreath pic! I collect Santa’s, I would go crazy being there and going to all the Christmas Markets. We have nothing like that here.

    1. Thanks, Carolyn. In case, you want to visit a Christmas market (when we’re back to normal) I could give you a couple of tips, which markets are werth a visit

  2. LOL Andre – I loved your grouchy take on Christmas because everyone else will be so upbeat and happy about it – yours was truly something different! Of course, I’d be grouchy too if I had to commute 2 hours every day 😩. Like it or not, Merry Christmas to you and yours! BTW my brother was born the night before Christmas and the good news is no one ever forgets his birthday. The bad news is everyone doubles up with a Christmas/Birthday gift! I always make a point of wrapping him a small gift in birthday paper 😊

    1. Yes, a birthday at Christmas means not having a birthday. You can’t make a party, because no-one has time. I make my party for each 10th or 5th birthday only and shift it to June = 1/2 birthday (except Inner family), because I’m at boxing-day, a public holiday here. The pro side is, you can wish for a bigger gift by summing up birthday and Christmas ( at least as long as you’re a kid)

      1. Actually Andre my OTHER brother has the worst birthday of all – January 2. He says everyone is partied out, has no interest in celebrating with him, and is tired and hung over from New Years partying! I think he may be right

  3. Ha, love your take on this, Andre! I have the same feeling about the music in shops and on the radio – all the same, maybe 7 songs – in a forever loop. And as I have retired, I don’t have to listen to much of this. Only the ones i want to listen to. This year we don’t have many parcels at all – from the few we usually have to about two parcels each.
    Smart birthdays – changing them to suit you better.
    Wish you all a Happy Christmas – and a Better New Year! Surely it cannot be worse than 2020…

  4. Great grouchy take on the challenge, Andre!
    Happy Holidays to you and yours 🎄
    Best wishes for a healthy New Year!
    The Fab Four of Cley 🤶🏻🧚🏻‍♀️🎄🧚🏻‍♀️🎅🏻

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