This post is a part of Manpreet’s on-going photography feature, Snap! To find out more about this, you can view his introductory post here.
For the past almost-two months, I’ve been living amidst a myriad of wonderful people from all over the world. A good number of my housemates – and people I’ve met at Blue Mountain in general – have originated from Germany. I’ve been fortunate enough to have learnt many new things about a culture and group of people I previously knew little about.
With the working season at the resort having started close to Christmas time, I was able to experience one German tradition in particular – Nikolaus, or Nikolaustag, is a tradition based on the stories wherein Nikolaus – or Santa Claus – travelled from house to house leaving either presents and treats in the boots of residing children, or twigs resembling whips for the naughtier ones. In the present day, children wake up to a combination of oranges, nuts and chocolates – so, of course, I woke up on the morning of the 6th December, much to my unexpected delight, to a pair of shoes filled with oranges, walnuts and chocolates.
Das ist sehr gut.
Sure is. And, suffice it to say, I kick-started the morning eating nothing but chocolate, followed by batch after batch of tasty Spritz keks right up until Christmas day – which my German housemates celebrated on the 24th December. The above photo is another from my Christmas day snap session (you can see and read about the previous one here) which I dedicated to the many wonderful German people I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know over the past two months.
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