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Advent Calendars, a Countdown to Christmas
December 1...time to open one of the doors of the Advent Calendar, and discover the first of its twenty-four surprises. The countdown to Heiligabend, Christmas Eve, has begun and for generations an Adventskalender has been one of Germany's much loved Weihnachtszeit holiday traditions.
Advent Wreaths and an Advent in Germany
Advent Wreaths don't decorate doors in Germany, they sit on flat surfaces or hang from a height and have four candles surrounded by evergreen foliage. One for each of Advent's four weeks. "Die Adventskränze", are just one of many traditions that are a part of Christmas in Germany.
Albert Einstein Quotes
Albert Einstein was a humanist and theoretical physicist, sometime laborer at the Munich Oktoberfest, Nobel Prize winner and, as a 'genius', asked his opinion on many things. These opinions became 'Einstein Quotes'.
Asparagus Recipes, Specialties for 'Spargelzeit'
Asparagus with Orange and Lime Hollandaise Sauce and Schwabian Asparagus Soup with Pancake. Two delicious German specialties that appear during Spargelzeit, Germany's White Asparagus Season.
Authentic German Lebkuchen Recipe
German Lebkuchen, that special German gingerbread, whatever you create with this recipe it will always be delicious. Anything from spicy ginger cookies, Oktoberfest or Valentine's Day Hearts, Witches' Cottages and Gingerbread Men, to Halloween Ghosts, Christmas decorations or aromatic Lanterns.
Bavaria, Germany, A Winter Wonderland
Enjoying the winter months is a way of life in Bavaria. It has breathtaking mountain scenery, snow covered forests, castles, palaces, abbeys and ski slopes, mixed with culture, shopping streets and regional cuisine that keeps the cold out and warmth in.
Bavarian Donuts, also known as Auszogne or Kniekuechle, are a "Kultgebaeck" that like many things, probably originated in a medieval German monastery. Once a treat to look forward to during church holidays and festivals, they have become a "cult" baked good to enjoy throughout the year.
Beef Rouladen, German Braised Beef Rolls Recipe
Rinderrouladen, "Beef Rouladen"; thin slices of beef rolled up around a seasoned onion and bacon filling, served in a wine sauce. A delicious German classic, once it was saved for celebrations or Sundays but now it's a traditional "cold weather" dinner choice.
Beer Gardens, Outdoor Gemütlichkeit in Summer
In Germany from early Spring through Summer and Autumn visiting a Beer Garden is a seasonal "must do". Originally a way of using chestnut tree shaded areas covering 19th century underground Bavarian beer storage cellars, they soon became a popular, even fashionable, pastime.
Beethoven's 9th Symphony and The Ode to Joy
The European Union's Anthem 'The Ode to Joy' is Beethoven's emotive and idealistic choral finale from the 4th movement of his 9th symphony. First performances were thought revolutionary, but now it is heard in everything from Die Hard and Japanese New Year celebrations to Olympic openings.
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