A Quiet New Years Eve…

As it’s our first year as mommy & daddy we decided to forego our usual Silvester Bash and spend a quiet night at home welcoming the new year with our little mouse…it didn’t quite happen that way…

banging past our windows...

…from 5pm – 3am we had our very own crashbangshakethewindows light show presented in surround sound, both in front and behind our building. erm…yay?

Without further ado….may I present:

A Quiet New Years Eve in Germany –

just a reminder....or 20!

Fireworks can be sold legally in Germany from Dec. 29th until Dec. 31st. The flyers arrive the day after Christmas….

almost all sold out!

you can buy them in D.I.Y stores…

a 3 day shop...

you can buy them in (the many) Firework shops that crop up & are open for the 3 legal days and then disappear as if they never were…

supermarket fireworks!

you can even conveniently buy some along with your milk in the supermarket…

safety first??!!

…right next to the fire extinguishers!

Luckily there’s a minimum age requirement for purchasing fireworks: 14 years old…whew I was worried there for minute…but hey…14 is a super responsible-with-fire-and-explosives-age, right? Just like 16 is a totally ingenious legal drinking age…uh huh…

Let’s take anotherlook outside:

…and now onto another German tradition that involves fire and metal:

Bleigiessen!

Bleigiessen: New Years Eve custom of fortune telling the shadows of the shapes made from dropping molten lead into cold water!

Yipee! Let’s get started:

open...

Open the package and reveal your lucky to-be-melted objects: an elephant,1000 ton weight, pig, mushroom, wine bottle & dog.

*Good thing the melting-stuff-spoon has the HAND end labeled otherwise we’d never know which end to hold….

pile n melt...

Pile a few of your to-melt-shapes onto the spoon and hold ’em over a candle until they’re liquified! Dump the stinky mess into a bowl of cold water & fish out the resulting hunk of metal…

shadow puppet?

Hold it up to a light & see what you can see in the shadow…a cat? man? or maybe a cow?

wtf is it?

an ostrich? or possibly a woman with an up-do?

whatever you see in the shadow should have a corresponding fortune on the back of the package or online. Apparently our fortunes for 2012 are renewed love & a healed illness. Good to know…

idiot.

Outside the stupidity fun continues with morons revelers setting off fireworks in the middle of the street

just bloody moronic

…and literally shooting fireworks down the sidewalk as people try to walk by…

and the bus speeds by...

…this bus actually ran the red light to escape the firework shot at it…seriously…amazingly…moronic

purty

The ones that actually went up were sure purty though…

picking up imbeciles...

…by the end of the night we had seen over 30 of these speed by…

the day after...

The next morning the air still stank of burning stupidity & the streets were covered with dreck…

gross...

ew…

poor guy...

even this little Christmas tree didn’t escape the carnage of idiocracy…

mmmm...

At least our traditional Silvester Pfannekuchen (plum filled new year’s donuts) were yummy!

Methinks it’s a quiet(er) seaside New Year’s next year…

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6 thoughts on “A Quiet New Years Eve…

  1. Wow! I thought the UK and their fireworks usage was bad! Luckily you have to be a little older to buy fireworks here..I think :/

    The little, melty-tell-your-future set looks cool thought! And the plum doughnuts sound delicious!!!

  2. I love love love your stories about Germany! I have been scrolling through your blog a little and I think it’s just so funny to read things from a different point of view. And those fireworks… They’re just annoying. I don’t even touch those things, neither do any of my friends. Why waste money on something that is loud and obnoxious and might even hurt someone? Two years ago on New Year’s Eve some guys shot some fireworks right in my direction. Nothing happened but it was so close.
    Either way, when I was in the US, I was kind of disappointed when everybody stayed inside in front of the TV at 12 am to watch some big clock in NYC… Erm.. Isn’t that weird, too? 😀

    • We are definitely getting out of the city for this New Year’s Eve…Berlin isn’t a very nice place to live on a “normal” day but during Silvester it is particularly awful… 😦

      *I was at the New Year’s ball drop in Times Square twice (in my younger days) and it was awesome, absolutely something to experience if you get a chance! 😉

  3. hilarious! naples also has insane new year’s fireworks. a big favorite are basically like bombs, that make a huge explosion noise (making your house shake) but without anything nice to look at. when midnight strikes, people know to take cover because there are always people blowing their hands off or accidentally shooting fireworks into other people’s balconies. that bit about the melting lead is pretty fascinating… never heard of that before! 🙂 lisa

    • New Years is absolutely insane…I know all about the house-quaking-explosions as well and you definitely want to stay indoors here too…so many idiots shooting fireworks at each other, cars, basically anything on the streets after dark…moronic to say the least…

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