Did you have a great time over Christmas?
Did you get some great presents? Or did you get something you don’t like or already have?
While on holidays in Germany I spotted the above poster (which was behind glass, hence the reflection of other things in the photo) about a ‘Wichtelsonntag’, which intrigued me and I did some research:
Wichtel = gnome, imp and Sonntag = Sunday, so this ‘gnome Sunday’ is a special event on a Sunday after Christmas. It seems to happen in only a few towns in Germany, but I think it’s a lovely idea, so I’ll tell you about it.
On a Sunday after Christmas, in Rheine it was the 28th December, people can take any unwanted (but new) presents to a collection place (in Rheine it was the market place). For every present they donate they get a go on the wheel of fortune, where they can win a prize or a voucher from local traders, who will be open that day (Shops in Germany are usually closed on a Sunday). Unfortunately, they could also win nothing! Later that day, the unwanted presents will be auctioned off and the money raised goes to charity. The whole event is accompanied by entertainment.
I didn’t get the chance to go and check it out but I heard that many people went. It sounds like a great idea – people get rid of any unwanted presents, they get the chance of winning prizes, shops are open, there is entertainment and the chance of buying a different present in the auction, and money is raised for charity!
It’s a win – win situation and far more exciting than selling your unwanted gifts on Ebay? What do you think?