As usual, Christmas is approaching with giant strides, and yet everything is different this year. The festival will be quieter and more lonely for some. Maybe a little more worried, with a view to the coming weeks. That makes me think, and for this reason everything will be a little different here as well.
Normally I would have said goodbye here and now, taken a vacation from the blog over Christmas and New Years and then would have appeared again in mid-January. But since I am of the opinion that some entertainment would not be bad in this special year, there is only a slimmed-down version of the vacation for me.
Nobody should be alone in the quiet time between the years. The blog project will continue to accompany the readers and tell stories about a lost car brand. Tomorrow there will be Christmas entertainment in a special form. Actually, I wanted to tell a Christmas story. A very special thing that has a lot of work hidden behind it. The story is very personal, but also tragic and sad. When it was finished I asked myself whether I would like to tell it at all.
After sleeping on it once, the answer was clear. Tell me, absolutely. Because the story fits into our time and current events. But not now, not this Christmas. Because it's heavy material that I don't want to put on the shoulders of the readers.
So plan B! I think of it like public television. A long film, almost an hour, goes online on December 24th. Not “Ben Hur”, as often seen on public holidays on ARD or ZDF, and not “The Little Prince” either. We keep it more exclusive and take a look behind the scenes at Saab and at over 10 years of development work that then led to the Saab 9000. It's a bit of a distraction, stuff for the automotive soul, and immersion in an exciting phase of the brand.
At this point I would like to say thank you to all readers. For liking Saab and the topics, and for staying loyal to the blog in 2020. This year was the third best in terms of visitor numbers in the blog's nearly 10-year history.
A very special thank you goes to those who financially supported the project. The Saab workshops and parts dealers who advertise here, and also the readers who just sent money this year. In December, a good dozen sent a thank you for a year's reading material without being asked. And the Saab Friends Thuringia have also collected and donated a remarkable three-digit sum.
If the world were perfect, there would be more Saab friends like the Thuringians and readers like the upright dozen. The project would be worry free. But the world is the way it is, with Corona and all the imponderables. However, this is no reason to cancel the sail and sink the ship.
We continue sailing with Saab through the Christmas season and into the new year.
In this sense: Happy Holidays to all readers!