Nikolaus in Germany and the American Santa

Today, 6 December, is Nikolaustag. This is when children leave their boots outside the front door, and Nikolaus fills them with treats. As traditions vary throughout Germany, in northern Bavaria, where I grew up, we put our boots outside on the evening of 6 December.

In other areas (and other family traditions), boots are put outside on the evening of 5 December, with Nikolaus stopping by throughout the night to fill up the boots. Forget the reindeer, his transportation is unknown.

Nikolaus versus Santa

Santa versus Nikolaus

Santa was the invention of a German immigrant to the U.S.A. The cartoonist, Thomas Nast, was commissioned to design a comic figure for an American magazine. From there, Coca Cola picked up the same image and started using it in its commercials. That’s how Santa was born.

Saint Nikolaus himself was a bishop from Myra (Turkey), dating back to the 4th century. He is the patron saint of children, hence the gift-giving to the children, which dates back to the Middle Ages.

Changing Hands: From Motor Pool to Rolls Royce – Oberursel in 1956

Mr. Hartmut Hirsch, working with the Rolls Royce Historical Society in Oberursel (Geschichtskreis Motorenfabrik Oberursel e.V.), is looking for additional information on the identities of the people shown in the following three photos.

The photo shows a group of people handing over a key on the front steps of the administrative building. We can assume this is the returned key from the Americans who had occupied the building from 1945 – 1956.
It is known that a final inspection of the property was done on 30 or 31 July 1956 to determine if any damages had been caused by the US personnel. Among the German inspectors was also the US property management. It is safe to assume the photos were taken during the inspection.
Questions:
Who are these people?
What are their official positions?
On what date was the photo taken?

July 1956 – Handing back the keys to Rolls Royce in Oberursel

Any information about the following two photos would also be very appreciated.

Repatriation Rolls Royce

Rolls Royce

You can mail me at info@pension-sprachschule.de or leave a comment below.

Quote of the Day

“To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler – and less trouble.”

– Doctor Van Dyke speech, 1906

This quote goes so well with an Upworthy video I had just watched. See for yourself how this 3rd grade teacher demonstrates what it is like to be discriminated in metaphors.

Watch A Teacher Make Her 3rd-Grade Kids Hate Each Other For The Best Reason Imaginable

Facebook, Friend or Fiend for College and Career

With the article Government Agencies, Colleges demand applicants’ Facebook passwords, I was again reminded how we need to be aware of all our potential readers. This message I also need to make clear to one of our teenage kids who writes as if there is no tomorrow.

The article list several cases where government agencies and colleges demanded applicants Facebook passwords. Whether this is legal and/or constitutional is not for me to decide.

But please remind your children to use modesty when posting. One of the earliest memories of online posting, was when I asked one of the kids on what to reply to someone’s post. I even asked whether I had to reply and whether silence was considered rude. There were so many things to learn. And instead of getting the occasional sigh from them for my ignorance, I asked the internet. The best answer was: Write as if your mother were standing behind you and reading every word of it.

I thought that was excellent advice.

Not everyone adheres to this,  I have seen some vulgar language on Facebook.

Be careful with your words, you might just have to eat them someday. That is, if you have trouble getting a decent job, because of your Facebook Past.

Read the article: Government Agencies, Colleges demand applicants’ Facebook passwords.

American Beauty Ad from the 1950s

Going through a bunch of paperwork – yes, autumn is best for that, forget spring cleaning – I found some interesting ads in some 1950s magazines.

Women’s Home Companion ran this advertisement in its March 1955 issue.

Well, this photo provoked immediate images of bound feet in China, of women pressed into corsets, and the like. Then I thought it was a hilarious – a facial bra (note the two straps!).

Nowadays, we can DIY –  roll your tongue back, keep it there for a couple of seconds, then relax. Do this 20 times every day. You, too, will have thrilling new loveliness!

Note: The ad above the photo from The National Humane Society asks the reader to Help Prevent Cruelty.

This beauty aid sold for 2 U.S. Dollars back in 1955.

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