Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, all the presents, decorations, etc. Remember, though, Christmas can also be hectic and stressful. Here's just a few tips on how to survive the Christmas season.
1. Telling your mother that she has enough ornaments only gives her an excuse to buy more.
2. If you are dragged to a neighbor's house for a Christmas party, don't drink the eggnog if you plan to stay sober. Don't be like my uncle. That "spicy, different taste" is called rum.
In Germany, today is the First Advent – meaning the first of the for Sundays before Christmas. It is often the last Sunday in November, but this year, it happens to be exactly on December first. Advent is here the time we spend in preparation for the Christmas celebrating, lighting one candle every Sunday.
The sixth of December is a very special day, Nicholas day. The prior evening, everyone in the house is cleaning their largest pair of shoes and putting it in front of the fireplace (or another special place). The next morning, the shoes are filled with sweets – if the...