Christmas decorations on the Hirmer store in downtown Munich
Christmas decorations on the Hirmer store in downtown Munich

On the eleventh day of Christmas my Bavarian friend gave to me: eleven workout stations.

Christmas is a time of joy, thankfulness, and a celebration for many Christians of the recognized day of Jesus’ birth. In keeping with this theme I thought it’d be better to save the final three days of our 12 days of Christmas, Bavarian-style, until after the fact.

For many Bavarians, Christmas has little importance symbolically. They may faintly recall Jesus’ 14 stations of the cross from their catechism, but that was a long time ago. What it does Christmas mean for them now? It means an unadulterated opportunity to work out and work off any extra ‘Winterspeck’ (winter’s bacon-extra weight).

One of the advantages of global warming for these workout warriors are extra chances to jog further, ride bikes longer, and even hike higher in the mountains!

Close scrutiny of these fitness fiends often reveals that of the 10% of the population who could eat and drink anything they want throughout the year – they would be that whole 10%. That means they are über fit.

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Michael V. Owens
Michael Owens was born in San Diego, California, but is a product of the Orlando, Florida, school system. This gave him a love of the ocean and its bounty, a rudimentary education, and a great swing for both baseball (then), and golf (now). He followed his heart and received a diploma in Humanities, which did him absolutely no good in the USA. He didn’t choose Munich; it chose him. Despite his adoration for history, Renaissance art, and medieval philosophy, Michael would prefer to see the world in 2150, rather than in 1150. But it is close.