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What I Learned Visiting Munich Last December
Christmas With Krampus
I wish I could tell you that I have some thrilling Christmas plans this year, but
One German Christmas favorite that I wish we adopted is Krampus. In short, he’s Saint Nick’s archrival, a goat-demon hybrid who punishes children who have behaved badly during the year. In Bavaria, people dress up as Krampus, and the costumes give Halloween costumes a serious run for their money. As anyone in
that would be a lie. Maybe it’s a relic from growing up with parents who worked at a grocery store, but I mostly remember the holidays as a hectic time. For them, the holidays were peak business hours and it was all hands on deck at the store, often including my own. While most kids were hanging ornaments on the tree, I was stocking cans on the shelves. Not that I’m complaining, because I owe a lot of my work ethic to the example my parents set. Speaking of work ethic, we often use the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day to set ourselves up for success in the coming year. There’s a chunk of time when the courts slow down, and it’s the perfect opportunity to catch up and get ahead. Sure, it’s a time to exhale and relax, but it is definitely not a time to check out completely. We owe it to our clients to devote our energy to getting ready for the new year. Once everything is running at full speed again and we’re dealing with our regular workload, we don’t want to look back at December and think “what if?”
the office will tell you, I get a real kick out of being spooked, and a few of the Krampus costumes we saw in Munich sent a shiver up my spine. Sadly, I guess he never really made it over the Atlantic. Of course, I already received my big Christmas gift for the year: our new office. It may not have come wrapped or topped with a giant bow, but stepping into the door for the first time reminded me of the excitement I used to feel as a child. We’re really loving the place! I hope the clients who have had the chance to check it out will tell you the same. It’s certainly made our lives easier in ways that we didn’t anticipate. I hope as you gather with your loved ones for the holidays this year that you have a chance to recapture some of the childhood magic from Christmases past. Even if that just means spending a quiet moment with the people who matter the most to you, don’t take for
Last year, however, Lee and I did travel to Munich for a winter vacation. While there, we quickly realized that many of our Christmas traditions actually originated in Germany and Austria. Some of the most amazing sights were all of the traditional Bavarian Christmas
Jim and Lee Snell at Lake Hallstatt in Austria at Christmas last year
granted how special this time of year is. And for everyone that’s busier than ever with work during the holidays, know that you’re not alone. We are very thankful for all you do to spread joy.
markets. I’ll tell you, shopping there beats the heck out of going to the mall! From trees and caroling to Advent calendars and Santa Claus, it seems all of our most-beloved activities actually got their start there.
– Jim Snell
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