So tell us, how was your first Christmas in the USA? I'm sure it must have been quite different for you.
Surprisingly, it wasn't. The process is almost identical. Same presents. Same tree -- except that my family uses a real tree with real candles, as I think do most German families. Similar rituals about dinner, unpacking presents, going to Church, and so forth.
One interesting discovery was "Hark the herald angels singing". I was surprised I didn't know it, because the music was written by Mendelssohn, one of Germany's most distinguished composers. After coming home from my Christmas trip, I Googled the song. It turns out that Mendelssohn didn't compose it as a Christmas song. He composed it as part of a cantata to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Johannes Gutenberg inventing the printing press. The English Methodists must then have coopted Mendelssohn's secular melody for John Wesley's text, which had until then been sung to some different melody.
This wasn't the only coopted melody I heard in the Methodist service I attended with my friends on December 25th. The other one belonged to a song about how god is love etc., and was copied from Marlene Dietrich's Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt
. Dietrich first sang that song in Sternberg's movie Der Blaue Engel
which marked her breakthrough into the movie business, and in which she played a rather cynical slut. I found it amusing and ironic to hear her melody in a Christmas song.
But these are details. Apart from these details, Christmas in America is pretty much like Christmas in Germany.
Listerine probably stocked up on those German deodorant cubes. Good idea, doncha think?
It's certainly a clever business idea. (Dr Pepper had it too: its taste is identical to the smell of German portaloo deodorant.)
Thomas, try the Listerine Orange Blast.
It's on my to-do list now; I'll report back to you!
The Romans used urine and sand to brush their teeth back in the day, so mebbe your listerine association wasn't off the mark. Rather, it may reflect a noble (if despotic) heritage.
There are many reasons why the Romans were one of humanity's great civilizations. This wasn't one of them. (I admit I could use a slave though. Way too much work!)
Walter Hinteler wrote:
Any news, Thomas? Car? Apartment?
Yes to both!
I took possession of my car yesterday, signed my rental contract today, and will move in on February 1st.
mouthwash sampling fatigue?
Never! Mouthwash sampling is the purpose of my life! How could I ever get fatigued by it?