Christmas time in front of the open fire
Hello! My name is Elisabeth Eberharter but most of you know me as "Lisi". I've been working at Hotel Tipotsch for the last five years and am looking after our guests at the restaurant. I am not only in charge of the service but also of quality management as well as training my colleagues and planning the weekly roster. Come evening, I have a special playlist to create a cosy ambiance at the bar.
The weeks leading up to Christmas are one of my favourite times of the year. Here in the Alps, Advent is closely associated with tradition and many cosy hours spent in front of an open fire. Where I come from - I grew up in Rohrberg, just above Zell am Ziller - old traditions still play a role in everyday life. The candles on the Advent wreath are lit, one by one, every Sunday while the children can't wait to open the next door of their Advent calendars and candles and home-made cookies set the scene for the so-called "Klöpflsinger" that come to the door on Thursdays to perform traditional Christmas carols. On my days off I like to meet my friends for some mulled wine or hot punch at the Mayrhofner Advent at the idyllic Waldfestplatz or enjoy the "freedom on two planks" when skiing.
Special times call for a special atmosphere at the Tipotsch. When the Christmas lights are switched on outside, our restaurant always seems like a particuarly cosy parlour to me and it is here that the locals meet and guests soon turn into new friends. In the inviting ambiance with its snug booths, the delicious treats from our kitche, pizza oven and patisserie seem to taste especially good. Sometimes you can hear soft harp music coming from the dining room, while the local theatre group, the Theaterverein Stumm, is entertaining its audience with a funny piece.
I am looking forward to Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol, which is directed by our friend, Thomas Stiegler, and performed by local kids and teens from December 20, 2019 to January 4, 2020 next to the music pavillion.