In the first week of December 2015, the Oxford Alumni Society Munich Branch kicked off the Christmas season with its annual Christmas Dinner. The esteemed chambers of the Kaufmanns-Casino allowed a smooth transition from a sunny Munich mood to the Oxford Christmas spirit. With crackers, crowns, and mince pie, the evening was reminiscent of the Oxfordian Christmas days, only short of Winter Cidre and the many (dubious) attempts at mulled wine.
After mingling and welcoming over 70 known and new faces, we were spoiled with delicious pumpkin soup, fancy duck, and Lebkuchen ice cream in mulled-wine sauce. Yum. The great pianist Bonny Palm accompanied parts of the dinner, adding just the right cultural twist to the event. To avoid becoming too posh, however, all guests were asked to join in singing “Rudolph the red nose reindeer,” thus disclosing a great variety of singing skills amongst the members and guests.
In his traditionally short but insightful Christmas Speech, Marco enlightened us that increasing work productivity frees up time for wine consumption – perhaps one of the reasons why two of the main drivers of the Society during the last years are now officially in charge: Annemarie Grandke and Caroline Weimann. They introduced the new Alumni Committee and gave us a first taster of the many fun events planned for 2016.
After the dinner and singing joy, the bar opened and was, in true Oxford fashion, well frequented. We happily chatted and mingled until late, and all agreed that the whole evening, which was meticulously organised by Valentina Tulechov and Nils Pfeiffer, was a great success and must happen again in the Kaufmann’s Casino in 2016.