Most people have now decorated their homes and houses for the holiday season. You can see all kinds of varieties of decorations. Both the beautiful and the hideous ones. I must say I like the simple and clean decorations like these ones above.
Angels of all kinds seem to be incredibly popular. Basel is kind of the city of angels. People seem to love angels and not just for Christmas but you see them all year around. I have seen so many angels that I've even wondered what's up with all the angels.
This house to me is an example of the kind of decorations I don't find pretty at all. This house just looks kind of tacky and messy almost.
Then there are the climbing Santas. They seem to be quite popular here but even more popular in France. We made a shorter road trip last Sunday driving past several small French villages and I saw many Santas climbing up the the walls of houses.
Here in Switzerland St. Nikolaus Day on December 6th is celebrated. That is when Santa comes to the children with small gifts and sweets . According to Swiss tradition he comes riding on a donkey that carries his sack together with his helper, the dark clad "Schmutzli". Santa carries a big golden book in which all children's good and bad deeds are recorded over the past year. The children that have been good receive small gift bags with chocolates and clementines. The children that have not behaved are threatened that Schmutzli will stuff them in his bag and bring them to the Black Forrest where they will be forced to carry out chores such as peeling carrots for the donkey for one whole year.
Another thing that is celebrated here is Three Kings Day on January 6th. In some Swiss provinces it is even a holiday with the day off. On this day a special kind of sweet bread pastry is baked. It's origins date back to the 16th century. It is a kind of sweetened yeast dough that is formed into several balls that are arranged like a flower. One of the balls contains a small plastic figure representing a king. Each family member breaks off one of the balls and the one that get's the figure is now king or queen for the day.
It is fun and interesting to discover how traditions differ from country to country within the European continent.
This is more my style when it comes to what I like. Simple and natural. I don't mind Christmas lights as look as they don't become hysterical, blinking in various colors.
There are plenty of nice things going on around Basel and within Basel this time of the year. The Christmas market in Basel opened last week and will go on until December 23:d. There are plenty of other Christmas markets in France as well as Germany to visit.
There is a special tram that will decked out with Christmas decorations and driven by Santa himself. A special tram ride of 90 minutes during which Santa's angels tell Christmas stories to the children.
There will be Christmas Caroling this Saturday evening in the city.
Which are you favorite decorations and which ones or kinds would you never put up?
Last but not least nature in itself offers some beautiful and colorful decorations such as this Rosehipbush.
It's been a sunny and nice weeks so far. Love this. I got a new project I am working on this week. I have been contracted to do some translation work (Swedish to English). Interesting, challenging and fun to work as a translator for a while. That keeps me busy together with the German studies and everything else.