Advent, Advent
Stories at Christmas time

read by Nicole Heesters

with texts by
Ingeborg Bachmann, Thomas Bernhard, Bertolt Brecht,
Wolf Biermann, Matthias Claudius, Agatha Christie,
Erich Kästner, Selma Lagerlöf, Novalis, George Orwell,
Theodor Storm, Kurt Tucholsky and others

arranged by Gerhard Ahrens

Every year, Advent rings in the Christmas season. A new door of the Advent calendar is opened every day until in anticipation of Christmas Eve, and since time immemorial, stories are told that not only shorten the wait for young and old and make the preparations a little easier but are also supposed to remind us of the Christmas message which the angels announced to the shepherds in the fields: 'Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.'

Ever since Luther's days, the hope of salvation has been closely linked to the idea that Christmas is above all a celebration for children. With Advent-themed poems and stories, Nicole Heesters intends to trace the echo of childhood in all of us of which Erich Kästner once said that it is 'the still, pure light that shines comforting from the past into the present and the future. Truly remembering your childhood means: to know suddenly and without reflection again what is true and false, what is good and what is evil. Most people forget their childhood like an umbrella and leave it somewhere in the past by mistake. And yet, not even forty or fifty years of learning and experiencing can equal the spiritual superiority of the first decade. Childhood is our beacon.'