Dvojjediný svět Vánoc. Vzpomínky na Vánoce mezi Čechami a Bavorskem
CHRISTMAS - TWO WORLDS OF A HOLIDAY WHICH IS ONE AND ONLY. CHRISTMAS REMINISCENCES BETWEEN BOHEMIA AND BAVARIA
It was a chat between the author and her Moravian friend about their childhood that gave rise to writing these Christmas impressions from 'two Christmas worlds'. The parents of both ladies might have equipped their children for life with the same customs, habits, things, fashion, and style of life. In the first case, they continued being lived in Moravia; in the other case they were moved from the region of Cheb in western Bohemia to Bavaria. The behaviour of both ladies was nearly identical or similar in many day-to-day small and big behaviour models, in the 'styles of surviving' after the war. The author discovered she could share more things with her Moravian friend than with those in Bavaria. It was the parents who reminded both ladies of Christmas before 1945; things, letters and photos continue in acting as reminders thereof. The author's Christmas world began in Bohemia. Christmas influences the in-war-born children and the refugees´ or expatriates´ children in a special way. Their experiences, memories and tales listened to at Christmas and in the course of it will be kept in their minds for all their lives. They always carry two Christmas worlds with them. The one represents that narrated and the parents´ memories, the other one means own experiences in after-war Germany. Christmas 'there at home in Bohemia' and Christmas in 'their new homeland in Bavaria' - childhood days in the late 1940s and the 1950s modified the life style and the tradition brought from Bohemia into an interesting mixture this contribution wishes to talk about.
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