A new year is just like freshly fallen snow or an empty sheet of paper. It’s waiting for us to leave some marks on it. Make sure, not to botch it.
We’re standing right in front of a jump: 2018 will be 2019, soon.
Here in Germany, some people call the days between Christmas and New Years day the “days between the years” or short “between the years”.
Don’t get confused, the year starts on January 1st and ends at December 31st. But, many businesses (primarily smaller ones) close their doors these days for a short vacation to recuperate from the very stressful Advent time (the 4 weeks before Christmas). Also, big businesses encourage their employees to take these days off.
In this context, you can understand these days as being a bridge between the years.
Another custom here is, making resolutions for the new year: stop smoking, stop drinking alcohol, more sports, living a more active life, finding a new job and so on. I guess, you got the idea. Also, you make a wish for your neighbors, friend and colleagues…
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Now, Christmas is nearly over. But, here in Germany, Dec. 26th is also a holiday.
We celebrate Christmas on Dec. 24th = Christmas Eve. That night, Christ child brings the presents for the kids (and the adults). The two following days are used for visiting the relatives. Often, one day for the parents and the other day for the parents in law. So, we have three days of presents for the kids. Three days of good food.
So, I have a gift for you, too. I prepared a calendar for 2019 to be used as a background wallpaper on your computer. To download it, you can simply right-click on the link above or on the image below and save the image to your computer. Next, you can promote the image to be the desktop wallpaper for the next year or print it for hang it on your fridge or your wall.