Noise of cowbells
The noise of cowbells grew louder, as did that of screams and cackles. But what was going on? Will wondered, turning up the collar of his jacket as the bitter cold lashed his face. Joy, next to him, was cautiously sniffing the air. Will and Joy found themselves strolling through the streets of a small Bavarian town, delightfully decorated with lights with a snowflake shape, small trees decorated with red apples and ribbons. As the noises increased, boys and children began to crowd along the side of the road, excitedly pulling their parents by the sleeve. And here, peeking around the corner, a truly curious procession. In front of everyone a man with a long white beard, a mitre on his head and a bishop's staff. The man with a warm smile gave gingerbread, mandarins and sweets to all the children he saw. Behind this man followed an unspecified crew of furry devils, complete with a scary mask, horns, cowbells and whips. The devils enjoyed jumping around to ring the bells around their necks. One of these good devils caught Will's surprised gaze and began to leap in his direction, very menacingly. Will, however, did not note any movement, all absorbed to understand from where the poor devil could breathe under that mask. The devil eventually went away a bit disappointed once he realized that he would not have any satisfaction from Will. What a strange procession, Will thought, it should be the famous parade of Saint Nicholas and his Krampus that he had read about in a leaflet. Saint Nicholas distributes sweets to children but in the evening, the devils, who represent the evil forces kept locked up during the year, free themselves and look for the bad children by giving them coal. A truck full of coal would have been given to him as a child, Will thought to himself, letting out a laugh. But, this time too, even though he felt amused and cheerful as he hadn't in a long time, something forced him to go on with his journey.
In honor of Will's Germanic stage, today we prepare a gingerbread-flavored face mask, yummy, nourishing and anti-aging! Mix 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt, which improves skin elasticity and hydration, half a teaspoon of grated ginger, which is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, 1 teaspoon of healing honey, a pinch of nutmeg, which is antimicrobial, and a drop of cinnamon essential oil, which promotes collagen synthesis (Mashhadi et al, Int J Prev Med, 2013 - Yeom et al, J Cosmet Sci, 2011 - Binic et al, Evid Based Complement Alternat Med., 2013 ). Apply to clean face for ten minutes, then rinse.