“Then we covered the windows so the pilots wouldn’t see our Christmas tree glow and bomb us,” the 80 year old lady recalls her childhood in the 1940s. I had the pleasure to record, edit and mix the conversations with residents of a retirement home talking about what Christmas means to them and what has changed over the decades. Repeatedly, they insisted on the relevance of sausage soup on the plate and splashing stars on the tree. Their comments, intermitted by them singing Christmas carols, turned into a precious document of warm voices that carry the joy and the pain of a long life.
Created in November and December 2017, an initiative by Gitti Edelmann from Seniorenwohnheim St. Nikolaus, Oberndorf, Austria.
Here goes a sound example of a traditional Bavarian Christmas Carol.
The complete recording of 30′ can be acquired by sending me a message.