The year 2016 is drawing to a close; Engel & Völkers AG can look back on a successful year, and would like to wish you a merry Christmas!
Christmas season is a time of contemplation and a time for enjoying a festive Christmas dinner with the family. The following exclusive article reveals what a perfect Christmas dinner looks like, in the eyes of the board members of Engel & Völkers.
For me and my family, Christmas is a very festive affair. First, we all go to church for Christmas service. Then it’s time for a family fondue, where the emphasis is on spending quality time together as a family. Much to the joy of our children, we then exchange presents.
This year, my wife and me will be spending Christmas in Hamburg for a change. My parents will be visiting on Christmas Eve, and we will cook together. We all drew lots to determine who will be cooking what. I’m in charge of the entrées. I should be able to manage that!
On Christmas Eve, our whole family of twelve (our children + us, parents, siblings) gets together for dinner, then the children play on the piano and everyone recites a poem.
We won’t be having a big Christmas Eve dinner this year (we will be saving that for December 25th and 26th, when we have fresh game meat from the region). Instead, we will have a fondue or fish (salmon etc.) Generally, our children don’t like long dinners and prefer to play with their Christmas presents, which is fine because it also means that we as parents have more time to relax.
Much has happened at Engel & Völkers in the past year, so for me it feels as if Christmas is following shortly after Easter. We have taken a giant leap forward, especially when it comes to digitisation.
Despite delivery services like foodora and Lieferheld, we will be cooking on Christmas Eve. We will be joined by my spouse’s family, and will probably spend our time conversing, eating and drinking a bottle of wine or two. Our friends are welcome to join us afterwards.
For me, Christmas would not be complete if I wouldn’t also spend time with my son. Even though the presents are becoming more and more digital in nature, the delight taken in Christmas remains.
There is not much time for a holiday this year, because we will be moving ahead full steam at the beginning of the new year!