I don’t quite know why, and I’ve never bothered to research it, but the days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve are the days that the local musicians go playing around the streets, marching from house to house, to collect money and (it is said) that at each house they stop at (or more so, the houses whose doors get opened), a round of schnaps is spent for the band.
In addition to the usual quiet, afternoons I’ve been hearing them go up an down the street. Sorry for the bad video quality, it was just before dusk.
As for here and now, the cloth napkins have been ironed and the table silver has been polished. It’s time to decorate and get everything ready for our traditional New Year’s Eve fondue.
Happy New Year, everyone (except DJT).