Austria has so many traditions and customs, especially in December. One I haven’t mentioned so far takes place on the 28th.
So picture this – it is our first year of owning our house, I am on Christmas holidays ready for a sleep in, and before 5am on December 28th, the doorbell rings.
My instant reaction was panic. Who knocks at the door at such a time? Only police, right? Not that it’s ever happened to me… but I’ve seen it on TV. Hubby calmly rolls out of bed grumbling while I stay where I am, covers pulled up to my ears, heart pumping, waiting for the bad news.
And guess what it was?
Kids… chanting a rhyme… and slapping the adults who answer the door with branches.Continue reading