It is probably fair to say that when this day went west 175 years ago, the tradition in Europe died. At least I never encountered it between Feb 2 1968 in Scotland through many adventures to Feb 2010 in Kuchenheim.
So here is "the story"
And here is Horst of Panic Point fame:
Those photos were from 2010. The following were taken a year later:
However, since that time - climate change or what have you - like dogs - we have had drought in summer and rain in Spanish Orillia lying on the plane plain of Couchiching in great Leacock manner during January.
I like winter - it was one reason for returning to CA-land from DE-land. However, Germany has had - at times, not always - colder snowyier weather than I have experienced here. Too much political hot air not representing the voters wishes proportionately? Who knows?
W O B