It had started snowing heavily when Consul General Inmi Patterson threw the lever to switch on the beautiful Christmas tree on the “Little White House” balcony on Wednesday evening. In her speech she emphasized the long tradition – a tree has been illuminated on the balcony since the year 1951. It has always been a sign of friendship and, in the early years especially, of hope for the Hamburg residents, Ms Patterson said.
In her reply, Dr. Stapelfeld, Second Mayor of the City of Hamburg and Senator for Science and Research, talked about shared chrismas traditions – like the tree, invented in Germany and exported to the US. And she there are the common interests, too: Hamburg again is open to the world, Ms. Stapelfeld said, and both the City of Hamburg and the Consulate want to help and support students, travellers, expats and residents from abroad.
Some 500 guests joint in the countdown to the Christmas Tree Lightning and the party at the US General Consulate at Alsterufer.