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  1. Hi,   I am quite excited for my first German Christmas season. Being very far from home, my German boyfriend's family has very much become my family and as such I will be spending a lot of time immersed in German traditions. (I have to write a German Christmas poem and recite it to receive gifts on the 24th for example)   The first odd one is tomorrow. St. Nikolaus. So, I just want to know does anyone know what you say on St. Nikolaus to other people? Thought it would be a fun surprise to say the right thing without asking the obvious source.   Any assistance, or experiences with the Christmas season in Germany would be greatly appreciated.  
  2. Hello all tea drinkers! I've got a limited supply of Bio-tee Adventskalendar for sale. They're 45 cm x 55 cm, have the usual 24 windows, each with a teabag of high-quality organic tea. Just perfect for the season, and makes an unusual (but much appreciated) gift for tea afficionados, office co-workers, those on sugar-restricted diets...or just indulge yourself!   €20 each (in the stores they sell for €24,95), or a package of 5 for €90 (10% discount). Free delivery within the MVV area.   This is a supplier that I've worked with for many years. When they say "BIO", they mean high-quality goods.   Here's the link to the EBay site for pictures:
  3. The English-Speaking Music Ensembles e.V. (ESME) Singers, founded here on Toytown in 2008, have been asked to sing carols for the Christmas Market from the Rathausbalkon above Marienplatz.  We will perform 10 songs, mostly carols with a couple winter songs thrown in, from 17.30 – 17.55.  We will probably all go have Glühwein afterwards (and maybe some before!).   Rehearsals for this very special opportunity begin this week, on Wednesday, Sept. 5.  We will also be rehearsing for our Dec. 9 Christmas concert together with the ESME Orchestra and Big Band at the Gasteig.  If you join, we would expect you to perform at both events.  They'll have different repertoire -- the Gasteig concert will only feature half the carols, but will definitely feature at least one joint piece with our 45-member orchestra.  Plus also we have a rehearsal Weekend Away every year, Nov. 9-11 this year at Schloss Alteglofsheim near Regensburg, which is extreme fun.  (Everybody's voice range has dropped a bit by Sunday because of the late nights...)   (Photo by Ramessos on Wikipedia)   ESME has been trying for years to get to do this caroling gig.  Most choirs have already been doing it for 30 years, so some choir must have retired -- similar to trying to get a season ticket for FC Bayern -- who are the other people most often pictured on that balcony when they celebrate their championships.     Even if you're just here for the next few months, this could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you.  We would like to be able to do this every year, but maybe they're switching to rotating through the 80 choirs Munich has!  ESME is one of the few that rehearse in English though, perfect for the international community.   The choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 19:15 - 21:15 at   Kulturzentrum GOROD Hansastrasse 181 81373 Munich Please let us know with this form if you'd like to come along and try us out!  (We do not hold formal auditions, but you will get a four-week trial period to decide if you'd like to join. And of course like all choirs, we need more men than women, but do tell us all about your experience and maybe our conductor will be convinced!   If you don't want to sing, maybe you play double bass or trombone? In that case, the orchestra or Big Band could use you!  Fill out that same form... and if you just want to see the show, add it to your digital calendar with our Facebook events:   Dec. 9 concert Dec. 17 carols at Marienplatz Christkindlmarkt     ---------------------------------------------- Formerly known as the TT Orchestra and Singers, the English-Speaking Music Ensembles formed an Orchestra of 5 people at the end of 2008 and now have an orchestra of 45 people, a choir of 60 and a Big Band -- and we became an e.V. in 2011.   We usually play about 2 - 3 concerts a year. In 2010 we had our debut at the Gasteig. We're about *everyone* enjoying playing, no matter their standard or the last time they even looked at an instrument. We're also about having fun and enjoying a good social life! Rehearsals are all in English, and the Singers don't even need to know how to read music -- though you should be able to carry a tune..