(Occasionally, we are blessed here at German Girl to have a guest post tell a story of life in Germany… either from the past, or current. Gisela Mangus has shared a lovely story about what Christmas was like right after the War. If you have a story to share… please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Memories of Christmas in Germany by Gisele Mangus
Right at the end of the war and there after, mom would take me on the streetcar in to town, Darmstadt. A few of the big stores, Henschel Ropertz, Kaufhof, Kaufhalle started to get back in to the spirit of Christmas bringing some light back into our grey daily existence. How wonderful it was to walk and marvel at the decorated Christmas window displays. They were made for a child’s heart and eyes, filling the soul with the memories which are alive today.
Each window was themed differently, for girls or boys. The electric train set ups, with cars and trucks and houses that had little boys nose prints all over the glass. Other windows for us girls with dolls and doll houses, carriages, kitchens and whatever a little girl could dream of. I remember one especially, it had clouds hanging covered with cotton and each cloud had a different doll sitting on it, oh that picture is very well preserved in my heart. And yet strangely enough, I would never ever ask or wish for any of those things , the gift of going and seeing was all that mattered.
This being said as I can walk around my house and gaze on many of the things from that time and have the warmth of Christmas fill me, I wish all of you a merry Christmas have love and joy be your companion in the new year, and never forget, but share and tell your children. I am sharing now with my great grand children.
Thank you again, wiedermal Vielen, vielen Dank Gisela! Und Frohe Weinachten.
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