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06 Dec

Christmas and New Year's Hustle

Maybe you feel the same way: From year to year, it seems to me more than accelerating our lives. Just a few examples: The over the years increasingly popular Halloween at the end of October comes to many contemporaries early on in mind. Weeks before the event, many have already rolled out the first pumpkin-based decorations. The typical things to scare then come gradually - and usually hang until mid-November.

And from November on, there will be no stopping them: Even the discounters usually decorate their brochures with green and bells pictures pretty much, while the latter are actually banging their heads in the pedestrian zones. With the peace on the squares and streets of the villages it is over. - The Christmas and New Year's Gala starts.

On to the Christmas market! - Hardly a city wants to give it up in the Advent season. Some inner cities are hermetically sealed off for this purpose. According to the German Showmen's Association there were more than 2500 different Christmas markets in Germany. - They said to have visited 85 million people (only fifty million in 2011).

We do not escape the hustle and bustle of the Christmas: donations appeal to us every day in the mailboxes and clubs, organizations or companies flank clubs, organizations and companies with charity events to celebrate the festive season. And even those who are looking for peace cannot miss the spectacle: the radio stations are constantly playing Christmas carols, so that newborn babies can soon beat the beat before they can pronounce the word Christmas.

In fact, there are at least three federal states where Christmas is not even over in the summer. All-year Christmas addresses can be found in Baden-Württemberg Rothenburg ob der Tauber, where Christmas decorations have been available for many years all year round. Christmas tradition "around the calendar" is also available in Saxony (Pfefferkuchenstadt Pulsnitz) and in Thuringia, where Christmas decorations can be bought in Lauscha from January to December.

Reflection and calm come in the pre-Christmas weeks certainly too short. But also "between the years" it goes on rapidly. There should even be Christmas markets that are still operated even after the Christmas holidays. Hard-boiled Christmas market fans would like to point out that Christmas is actually over on Epiphany (ie January 6th).

It gets particularly lively in the last days of December. There are all the fearless on the way and put on the fuse. Back the clock hands at the turn of the year, the New Year's Eve can not be stopped. Then they bring the sky to glow with pyrotechnics. Incidentally, the Germans spent 137 million Euros last year (data from the Association of the Pyrotechnic Industry).

I wish you a nice Christmas and a Happy New Year

With Best Regards

Walter Thieme
WTH Managing Director