Carol singing at Christmas time in Europe is such a wonderful tradition which goes hand in hand with drifting snowflakes, early darkening afternoons, Christmas markets and brightly lit streets and people drifting into churches looking to re-live the feeling of Christmas they remember to have had when they were children. And that is good and right – to remember and hold dear a time of innocence and beauty. The integrity of childhood that is what we are celebrating at Christmas.
Olivia getting ready for Christmas Dinner.
Nikki and Bob decorating the tree. The “tree” is a magnificent metal spiral emulating the shape of a well-grown Christmas tree. It is freshly painted every year and differently adorned. The angels Nikki had especially made to order by street vendors – done from beaded steel wire.
Katie mounting the traditional angel at the top.
Thekla singing Christmas Carols.
The Christmas tradition in the German way – where the main celebration is done on the eve of the 24th – is kept and held high in Nikki and Bob’s family.
All the best for now until New Year.
Colleen & Walter, Hout Bay, 26th December 2010