It’s winter, here, you know. Snow is usually part of the winter. In the past, I noted several times, snow isn’t that common in winter in my region anymore. During my childhood, the temperatures were below 0°C from November until End of March. Snow was on the ground for building snowmen, go sledging or having snowball-fights. Lakes and ponds had frozen surfaces to go ice-skating all winter.
Over the years, the start of winter got postponed. Less snow from year to year. Nowadays a thin snowy blanket is a rare event. Nearly no-one knows how to drive under these circumstances. Traffic-jams are the result and a number of car accents.
Nowadays even the freezing days are rare. Ice-skating on a pond or a lake? Don’t think about it. Even when there is an ice surface, this layer is too thin for step upon it. Nowadays, most time of the winter the temperatures are between 5°C and 15°C instead of below 0°C.
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 here, too. 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. These wishes usually include health and personal success (without going into detail).
So, I wish you a Happy New Year. And, I thank you for all of your support!
A new year is a bit like an empty sheet of paper. No wrinkles, no stains and nothing written or drawn on it. So, it’s up to us, to go forwards and leave some marks on the paper, to make sure, we’re alive and create some memories.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
(traditional gaelic blessing)