Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
This week we will be presenting historical images of Berlin around and during Christmas time: how the city prepared for and celebrated the holiday, what traditions it followed and how its residents went about the preparations and how they used that rare commodity known as “leisure time”.
Let us open with this heartwarming photo of a cheerful traffic warden collecting little gifts traditionally left for him by drivers and cyclists – the tradition, mind you, is dead and not only because of the obvious absence of the said traffic wardens. In all honesty, considering the increasingly acute problem of omnipresent lack of respect on Berlin’s streets, it is hard to imagine drivers and cyclists keeping that tradition alive.
So let us go back in time to “The Days when All was Good with the World” (which it obviously wasn’t but, hey, sometimes History is just what you make it:-).