Category Archives: christmas

Looking Back at 2016

I can only look back at 2016 along two different tracks, as it were. One involves my personal situation, and turned out quite positive. I finally, officially, disconnected myself from the Republic of Austria early in the year and got … Continue reading

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Holiday Links

It was a Christmas tradition in my family to watch the 1951 British black-and-white classic film of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, titled “Scrooge” and starring Alistair Sim. Back then we could only watch it when it aired on television, which … Continue reading

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Frohe Weihnachten!

I wish each and every one of my readers a happy and peaceful winter holiday, whether you celebrate or not — or even if you just celebrate having the day off from work. If you’re a singer and out doing … Continue reading

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Advent Cometh

The holiday seasonal decorations are up in the city, and many of the stalls are already open for business, although the official “kick-off” is this weekend. Naturally we have no Thanksgiving holiday (nor Halloween), so the stores have been just … Continue reading

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Oh, Good Grief…

Supermarkets in Germany already have the Christmas Lebkuchen out for sale. The Beau, seeing this, asked the cashier why they still didn’t have any Stollen out, at this late a date. Unfortunately it went right over her head. Update: Four … Continue reading

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Frohe Weihnachten!

(costume and boy Jesus from Poulenc “Dialogues of the Carmelites”, Innsbruck 2011-2012*) ‘Le petit roi’ and I wish you all a very happy holiday — celebrate well, but don’t go losing your heads… Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for a … Continue reading

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Baby Jesus’ Grog House

Courtesy of my friend H, who sings up in dark northern Germany these days. Hamburg has the answer to “What Would Jesus Do About ‘The War On Christmas’?”: Why, he’d open a Glühwein stand and cash in on the holiday … Continue reading

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You Know It’s Christmas…

…when “Sissi” airs several times on various stations. Karlheinz Böhm and Romi Schneider as Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth (Copyright SRF/Kineos) Every country surely has their perennial holiday favorites. Austria has the much beloved “Sissi — The Young Empress”, … Continue reading

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Christmas Cookies

My first attempt at traditional Austrian Vanillekipferln. The crescent shape is allegedly in commemoration of the 1683 Battle of Vienna, in which the Viennese held off the Turks for a few years (at least until the Guest Worker Program went … Continue reading

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Our Perpetual Right-Wing Problem

Americans, be happy you have Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann, those endless sources of media entertainment and amusement. In Austria, the nearest equivalent is one Barbara Rosenkranz (remember her? The Über-mother who ran for Austrian President last year?), one of … Continue reading

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