Mali formula la pregunta del mes



My name is Mali! I’m from a company called HABA and I am very curious. At least, that’s what the grownups say about me. There are so many interesting things to discover in the world! But some things are really complicated, so I have loads of questions. Fortunately for me, the people at HABA are very nice and explain everything I want to know. And then I can tell you all the new things I have learned.

Sincerely yours, Mali

February: Can time really fly?


Dear In-house Advertising Agency,

Today I have a tricky question for you. Maybe you’ll have time for it. Or has time already run away from you as well? Time does indeed do that sometimes with my parents. Mom and Dad always bring me first to preschool and then they have of course to be on time at the office. But yesterday we didn’t get off as quickly because my new scarf had disappeared. When we finally found it, Mom looked at the clock and said that we really had to hurry because today time was really flying …
I then looked at our large clock in preschool. But as always, it went “tick, tick, tick” and didn’t go “ticktickticktick.”
I don’t understand that at all. An hour is always an hour. And the clock sometime goes faster and sometimes slower, doesn’t it? How then can time fly? And when it flies, how can you make it slow down again?

Kind regards,

Marion, Text Team Leader in the In-house Advertising Agency

Dear Mali,

Of course we always have time for your questions. But sometimes time flies for us as well. That means, time doesn’t really fly of course, but we have the feeling that it’s going faster. That always happens to us if we’re supposed to be doing more or have more appointments than planned. It’s the same thing with your scarf that you were looking for. Suddenly it’s later than you thought, and you’re running behind time.
Unfortunately you can’t stop or slow down time. But you should regularly take some time and deliberately enjoy it together. We adults call this “down time” that is, allowing time to run “more slowly.” Down time is really important and something very wonderful.  
You can, for example, sleep in on Sunday and then have a leisurely breakfast. I like to do that with my family. We prepare a little brunch together and cover the table with muffins and a fun Cake Plate, the children put on their Pinafores and cut cheese cubes with little sausages and tomatoes and skewer them on a Snack Hedgehog. Then we eat and relax and shoot the breeze. It’s incredibly fun, and every time it feels a little like vacation because otherwise we have too little time for it. It’s much harder during the week. Nevertheless, we try to take time for each other again and again and to cuddle together in the afternoon with the children on our Beanbag and read a book.
By the way, I have a tip for you: Take a few minutes in the evening before going to bed and talk about what nice things you have experienced and what you want to do the next day. At the same time, you can also lay out the things you want to wear the next day. Do you want to bet that the clock will tick more slowly the next morning? And your scarf will be nearby as well.

However, I have to stop now. I just looked at the clock and – oh dear – time’s flying again …

Kind regards,


January: Is it possible to give luck to others?


Dear Dear Export Team,

I wish you luck and happiness in the New Year. That’s something I learned on New Year’s Eve from mom and dad. This year, I was allowed to stay up late for the first time to watch the fireworks at midnight! All of my mum and dad’s friends came around, and they brought along little gifts: a ladybug or a plastic chimney sweep with a coin in his hand. I asked dad why people do that, and he explained that these miniature figures bring good luck.
That’s a nice idea, but somehow I didn’t quite understand the idea behind gifts for good luck. I mean, how is a ladybug or a chimney sweep supposed to bring luck? Do people do that in every country in the world? And also part of the same question... is it at all possible to give someone good luck as a gift?

Sincerely yours,


Katharina from the Export Team

Dear Mali,

Thank you for your kind wishes. It certainly is the case that, in Germany on New Year’s Eve, people give each other small tokens of good luck, for example a horseshoe, a shamrock or a chimney sweep. This is a nice custom that we follow not only at the turn of the year but also on other festive occasions such as the birth of a baby. The clutching toy Lucky Charm or the pacifier chain Lucky Charm with their cute shamrocks and lucky mushrooms are a symbol of your love for the baby and his or her parents and that you wish them luck and happiness from the bottom of your heart.
Sometimes, as a lucky charm, we also give those charming companion dolls, the guardian angels Toni and Tine. Children often sleep better when cuddling them, because they feel protected. Guardian angels also feature on various everyday items such as plates, bowls and drinking cups.
Just keep your eyes open, dear Mali, and you will see many examples of lucky symbols.
There are various reasons – often historical – why certain things are considered to bring good luck: four-leaf clovers, for example, are very rare, so it takes a lot of luck to find them. The chimney sweep was an important figure in people’s lives when they were still heating and cooking with an open hearth because, by cleaning the chimneys, he made sure that the fire did not go out and that it was always warm in the house. The luck that he brought extended beyond the winter months. All over the world, people want good luck. Although the customs and symbols vary from country to country, it is always the same basic idea.
If you ask people today what luck and happiness mean to them, they will give you very different answers: a loving family and loyal friends, good health, enough to eat, success in life, sunshine after a long rainy spell, or maybe longer summer holidays if they are school-age children. It all depends on their life situation. If you asked people from many different countries about their personal happiness, you would get a wide range of answers.
If you want to give your mum or dad a lucky charm, a good choice would be the threading game Lucky Charm. They will certainly be delighted to receive a bracelet or a chain with a shamrock, lucky mushroom or ladybug.
So you see, even if you don’t have the power to give luck, you can still make others very happy with these small tokens.

On that note, I wish you and your family a happy New Year.


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