Germany

Mr. Owl made it to Germany from Japan!  He stopped by the home of a new friend in the blogosphere over at lorelledehnhard.com.  I actually met Lorelle through Instagram and she amazingly agreed to take part in our Around the Worldpress Amazing Race. You can find my lovely friend on her Instagram account here. If you happen to be on Instagram, you can also find me on my Instagram account, CrazyLoveParents.

Here is a photo of Lorelle with Mr. Owl taken in Germany.

Germany

Our friend Lorelle shared these two interesting, fun facts about Germany.

  • Everything is Closed on Sunday
  • It is bad luck to wish someone „happy birthday“ in advance

I decided to research WHY these two things happened to be?

I discovered that in the case of the birthday belief, it is sort of how we say in the US “don’t count your chickens before they are hatched” with Murphy’s Law kicked in. So in the US, we have the idea that counting the chickens before they are hatched is a bad idea because one shouldn’t be so sure they will all hatch. We could extend Murphy’s law to this and come up with the idea that if one were to count the chickens before they are hatched, then Murphy’s Law is likely to kick in, and the counted chickens will die. The same with the Birthday greeting in advance. One shouldn’t do it, lest one is prompting something bad to occur, making the person less likely to make it to their birthday. Just wait till a German’s actual birthday to wish them a proper greeting!

And if you find yourself in Germany some time, make sure you do any of your major shopping required before Sunday. As Lorelle shared, most all major stores are closed every Sunday. There appears to be some exceptions, with fairs or gas stations, airport stores, or sometimes some stores being open extra around Christmas. However, there is a supreme court opinion that says:

 “Sundays and public holidays are protected for religious reasons, but also to enable working people to recuperate and participate in social activities.”

Germans find it important for religious, as well as social reasons, to give most everyone possible a common day off, every week, to focus on family, friends, and social activities. I LOVE this idea!

I hope you enjoyed these fun facts about Germany. I am thankful that Lorelle was kind enough to participate in our Around the Worldpress Amazing Race, which began as a genius idea over at Cyranny’s Cove. Mr. Owl has now travelled from Montreal, Canada to Michigan, USA to Xitang, China, to Lugano, Switzerlandwith a surprise visit to Campione and Varese, Italy, back to Lugano, Switzerland, then to Tokyo, Japan and now Germany! PHEW!  He has sure been crisscrossing our world!  He has racked up an amazing total of 24,816 miles or 39,938 kilometers. He sure is a seasoned traveller by now. My photos of his criss-crossing journeys can be seen below.

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If you want to participate in our Around the Worldpress Amazing Race by having Mr. Owl visit you in your country, just drop me a comment or message me through the contact form and we will send Mr. Owl to you. It is just the cost of postage on your part, and hopefully some photos and/or fun facts before you send him on to his next destination.

17 thoughts on “Germany

  1. Owl be danged! That is a TREEmendous amount of flying! Interesting facts! Thank you for sharing! Ps; my blog is open again! Under construction, but open. Wander by, in your spare time!

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    1. I was shocked to hear that everything closes EVERY Sunday! I live in a small town and some family-owned places still close on Sundays, but mostly in the US it’s business as usual. I wonder how things would feel if the US still did this everywhere….?

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  2. I had no idea about birthday wishes before a birthday was bad luck, but it makes perfect sense. Here in the U.S. back in the day, everything was closed on Sundays as well, for the same reason. Everybody went to church 🙂 I believe it use to be called the “Blue Law” and you couldn’t be open from midnight until midnight, so the whole day. Then they changed the law to where you could be open from like noon until 6 pm. Before you knew it Sunday was a business day.

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  3. A lot of places are closed on Saturday afternoon too, or at least they used to be, I haven’t checked recently. I live in Belgium at the moment and it’s like Germany as regards Sunday closing. Most of Europe is the same. Only the UK opens its shops on Sunday. But soon we’ll be back in Japan where the only day shops shut is New Years Day!

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    1. Wow, Belgium, how cool! And next Japan?! That must be fascinating. What takes you to all these different countries? Thanks for stopping by, commenting and following. I will head to your blog shortly! —Christina

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      1. Hi Christina, I guess the short answer as to what takes us to these paces is not a what but a Who. God brought us to Belgium from the UK 30 years ago and now – to our surprise – He is taking us to Japan. We thought we’d be here for the rest of our time on earth, but no. Maybe we will be in Japan – I think I’d like that, but I may turn out to be wrong about how long we stay there too! 🙂 – Stephen
        PS: Yes, Japan is really great, but I’m sure Mr Owl has told you all about it, right? 🙂

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  4. You probably don’t remember this, but in America several years ago, many stores and businesses were closed on Sunday because people went to church. Sadly, greed finally took over, in the name of “missing an opportunity for more profits”, and little by little, stores began to open on Sundays. Now in much of our nation, it is hard to find any day when a place isn’t open!! “The love of money…”

    Steve

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    1. Yes- the “Blue Laws” in our country. I do believe they still exist is some forms in some states. I live in a small town and some of our smaller, family owned businesses still close on Sunday. It is nice. It is too bad the love of money drives so many things….

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      1. You are absolutely right…the “Blue Laws.” Today, they exist mostly around the southern states when you find them. And it is nice that some places near you still close on Sunday. I live in California, as I think you know, and you can’t find ANY stores closed on Sundays…not one place! Every day looks the same with people out running around all day long…no thought of attending church. I love it when two or three cars in a row are turning off into the church parking lot, showing that they are attending church! I know it probably makes little difference to the others driving by, but I like to think they notice and think about things.

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