In our searches for German Silvester (New Years') traditions to celebrate, we came across the fortune-telling of "Bibelstechen."
You flip through and pick a random page and verse in the Bible without looking, and that verse is supposed to reveal something about your upcoming year.
Behold! Our fortunes (and our interpretations afterward):
"Whoever asks for a blessing in the land will be blessed by the God of Truth. ... Past troubles are forgotten. They are hidden from my eyes."
"In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
I really like mine. I think it's saying, "Girlfriend, you go out there and go for your dreams. Also, don't worry about the past! It's past! Let's have a rockin' year!"
And Paul...well...he has some things to work on I guess...
Other Silvester traditions include the necessity of watching this eleven minute British comedy sketch called "Dinner for One." Seriously. This is a big thing here--everybody has to watch this, and have since 1972 apparently. It's even won a Guiness World Record for being the most repeatedly shown television clip in the world. So yeah, watch it. Feel German.
Also, eat a jelly-filled donut, or twelve. Berliners (the jelly-donuts) are out in force in the bakeries tonight. We got two chocolate-filled ones. You should go get one tonight or tomorrow--eat it while watching Dinner for One and pointing out random verses in the bible. German tradition unity around the world!