To celebrate the end of an eventful Oxonian year, the Munich branch of the Oxford Society again hosted its annual Christmas dinner. Due to the high level of interest in the year before, the committee opted for a much larger venue with fabulous views of the Munich State Opera House. The attendance of over 90 Oxonians exceeded all expectations. Nonetheless our members enjoyed the very cozy atmosphere of the wood-paneled rooms of the Spatenhaus on this snowy winter day.
Apart from a delicious 3-course formal-hall style Christmas menu with plenty of wine, there were a number of other highlights for those who traversed the snow blizzard to attend this fine occasion. The main highlight of the evening was the presence of the new British Consul-General Paul Heardman, who gave a humorous review of the year 2012 from a British-German perspective. He emphasized the Olympic Games, the Diamond Jubilee and Kate’s Royal Baby as the events that will be remembered on both sides of the channel. Furthermore the president of the OUS in Munich, Marco Janezic (SEH, 1989) provided a brief account of the early days of the Society, which had been dormant for a few years, and introduced his diligent new committee, now consisting of 11 members. His inspirational speech showed that Oxford’s influence and friendships are a life-time asset and extend far beyond life at the university.
If nothing else, the Christmas dinner at the Spatenhaus was a great occasion to meet old and new friends and exchange stories of the shared time in Oxford. One thing that we did notice though was the inexplicable absence of black-tie and port – two Oxford traditions that shall hopefully be reintroduced at the next dinner to complete the immersion into old times.