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A wondrous, magical Christmas at Germania Downriver

Sabine with the kids (Left to Right - Simon Aytes, Austin Floyd, Ryan McFarlane, Griffin Aytes, Ansley Floyd, and Tory

Brownstown  - When Germania made reservations with the North Pole for the annual Christmas Party for December 12, Santa assured us that he would make it a very special event; he would include beautiful scenery so very appropriate for our “Michigan Winter Wonderland.”

Well, when he confirmed his arrival for that day, we were frantic for this “glistening white splendor” was coming down onto Downriver far too abundantly, we really did not expect five inches of this “white stuff”.  He apologized and told us that his North Pole weatherman used the wrong zip code for “The White Christmas” effect; it was meant for Iceland. Santa told us that he was ready to come Downriver, his suit had just come back from the cleaners, and his Reindeer were ready to fly. He assured us that all was under control; we would have his most efficient Elves on duty.

Executive Elves Sabine and Wendy, the best in the business of directing, choreography and costume design, had a great program planned with the assistance of Jr. Elf Simon as narrator; all the children knew their parts very well.  Special Effects Elves Scott and Steve would create a magical festive atmosphere.  The entire hall would be aglow with candles, a flickering fireplace and a most spectacular Tannenbaum. The Nativity had its special place on stage for reflection and reading by Elf Sabine of the most beautiful Christmas Story of Love, Peace and Good Will, while the sounds of “Stille Nacht” would touch all of our hearts.

The very busy Kitchen Elves, Doris, Brian, Katie and Natalie, were already putting on their aprons and preparing to serve a scrumptious luncheon, treats and lots of Leckerei. The aroma of the Gluehwein would give guests this warm, fuzzy feeling.

As Santa’s special treat he would send us St. Nikolaus dressed in his fabulous, majestic green velvet robe.  He would come in very quietly and give treats to the children while they would be fast asleep and nestled around the Tannenbaum. 

Santa had also commissioned Knecht Ruprecht who would arrive not so quietly with his big “Rute” to check on the behavior of the boys and girls here at Germania.

Denise, the Grandma Elf wearing her new reading glasses, would enchant the children with The Night before Christmas story.

We tried to remain confident that Santa’s Elves had planned very well, but would Santa really be able to come in these blizzard-like conditions?

THEN…. through howling and blustering winds sounds of ”Gingle Bells” could be heard from the distance; Ho, HO, HO, Santa in his gleaming red sleigh pulled by his reindeer had managed to ride through the glistening snow, lots of it, to fulfill his promised visit to Germania, delivering lots of toys and goodies.

Then as he departed we could hear him say:  “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night”, and please drive safely!

All went well as Santa had promised; we truly experienced a very “Wondrous, Magical Christmas”, one we will probably never forget.

Please visit us for our Karneval Closing on February 26th and our Bockbierfest on March 26th; we should be “thawed out” by then.  For more details you may call: 734-479-4278, but please don’t call the North Pole.

Ruth G. Speer

Grandma Elf Denise Lucas reading to the children: „T‘was the Night Before Christmas

Santa with his Helpers



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