Outside blustering winter storm Xaver, inside some 300 guests were celebrating the traditional Christmas Tree lighting a remarkable night at the US General Consulate on Thursday, December 5.
In her keynote, General Consul Nancy L. Corbett welcomed her guests in German, emphasizing the special relationship between Hamburg and the US, visible in many German-American projects and activities and vivid in many good traditions – as in the annual Christmas Tree on the balcony of the General Consulate at the Alster, a beautifully illuminated tree that can be seen from far away, now in the 62th year. This year’s tree is a gift by Hamburg Airport.
Nancy L. Corbett, born in California, assumed her Hamburg office in October. She will continue to explore the region – not only Hamburg, but also the northern Bundesländer Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Bremen.
Vice president of the Hamburger Bürgerschaft, Frank Schira, expressed the good wishes of the Hamburg parliament.He emphasized the special and partnership between Hamburg and the US, with many economic and in cultural ties. Looking forward, he mentioned the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Hamburg-Chicago city partnership
Special guests this evening: James Melville, Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Berlin, who led the merry countdown to the Christmas Tree Lighting, Member of the German Federal Parliament Rüdiger Kruse and the doyen of the diplomatic corps in Hamburg, Consul General of the Republic of Argentina, Manuel A.Fernandez Salorio.