Around three weeks before Christmas Eve, Wincent Weiss (30) remembers his best Christmas present in an interview with the news agency spot on news – a mountain bike that he received when he was young. “I lived in a small village (Eutin in Schleswig-Holstein, editor’s note) where the bus ran once a day. If you were under 18 and didn’t have a car or scooter, you were trapped in this village … rely on your parents to drive you,” says the 30-year-old. When the bike was under the Christmas tree, it was the “biggest blow of freedom” for him. “I was able to go to friends’ houses, to football, to school.”

Today he mainly gives his family “gifts of time”. Spending time with family is very important to Weiss, even outside of the holidays. “We always plan a family day. It can be an activity or a trip that we then experience together with my grandparents,” says the “Under My Skin” interpreter. Christmas takes place every year in the grandparents’ basement. There is a large table and traditional raclette for dinner. Another tradition: “the colorful plate”. “My grandfather buys tons of candy – a whole shopping cart full. He sets out big, colorful plates for us with tons of candy. It’s about three times the size of a normal plate.”

Weiss began writing his own songs for his first Christmas album in the spring. With the publication of “Wincent’s White Christmas” on December 1st, a long-held dream will come true for him. He and his team produced a total of 15 of his own songs. To get into the Christmas spirit, the studio was decorated accordingly. “We made it nice for Christmas in the spring and summer,” reports the musician – including a Christmas tree, cookies and mulled wine.

As much as Weiss values ​​his time in the studio and on Germany’s stages, he also wants “a little more self-discipline in 2024 to be able to say ‘no’ more, find peace and spend more time privately.” For the singer, holidays like Christmas in particular are a time when one should reflect on family, love and the positive things in the year. And what about resolutions for the New Year? “I think I’m like most people: I live very healthily for the first month of the year, I exercise a lot, and by February at the latest everything will be discarded again. That’s what I’m planning on doing this time: to lead a healthier and fitter life .”