Early Christmas For German Embassy

Posted On December 19, 2006

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It is a custom in Germany to set up an Advent wreath four weeks before Christmas, which Germans celebrate on December 24 instead. This year, however, the German Embassy in Brunei Darussalam decided to celebrate Christmas earlier.

The German Ambassador, Conrad Cappell and his wife, Lilo, held a cocktail celebration at their residence yesterday evening for their colleagues and friends. Guests included various ambassadors and diplomats to Brunei, expatriates, business figures and local dignitaries.

The ambassador’s residence, richly decorated with Christmas ornaments, provided a warm and festive setting as guests mingled with one another. The choir from the St Andrew’s church added to the celebratory mood by performing some carols, and guests joined in singing German Christmas songs.

In his welcoming speech, the Ambassador expressed his appreciation that he and his wife were able to share the Christmas spirit with their friends.

For some guests, this year marks their first Christmas experience in the Sultanate. Katrin Grafe, whose husband is a lecturer at the local University, said she was pleasantly surprised to find that local shops offered plenty of Christmas decoration.

In addition, the Winter Wonderland set up by the Empire Hotel and Country Club, where her children played in the artificial snow, provided a sentimental reminder of the festive season in her native land. “It feels like like I am at home” she said.