Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Holiday Links
A German Weihnachten. All the links to an enchanting time filled with age old Religious, Secular, Folk and Food traditions, which begin before Advent and continue until Epiphany.
A Link to Traditional Holiday and Festive Recipes
In Germany a great deal of October, November, December and even January are devoted to the baking and producing of much loved traditional food and drink recipes for the different holiday celebrations.
Advent Calendars, a Countdown to Christmas
For generations on December 1 the Advent Calendar's first door is opened, and the countdown to Heiligabend, Christmas Eve begins. It is a much loved Weihnachtszeit, Christmastime, holiday tradition for the young and not so young in Germany.
Advent Wreaths and Advent in Germany
Advent Wreaths don't decorate doors in Germany but 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 Adventskraenze', just one of many traditions that are a part of Christmas in Germany.
Christmas in Germany
Christmas Eve, "Heiligabend", is not only the most eagerly awaited but also the most significant of Germany's Twelve Days of Christmas. "Weihnachten" is filled with celebrations and age old customs, and a rich and colorful mix of the religious, secular, traditional, folk and food.
Germany's Christmas Markets
Advent in Germany and the traditional "Weihnachtsmaerkte" begin to open. Famous the world over the Christmas Markets, with their enchanting nostalgic atmosphere and delicious seasonal aromas, are an intrinsic and unforgettable part of the German holiday season.
The Christmas Tree Apple, the Paradiesapfel
There is red apple hidden amongst the branches of many German Christmas Trees during Weihnachten, "Der Paradiesapfel" - The Paradise Apple. For the finder it's a symbol of 'hope' and 'promise' that something lost will be regained, or a goal or purpose revealed.
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Twelfth Night on January 5 is followed by "Dreikoenigstag", Three Kings Day, in Germany. Epiphany. The final hours of the Advent and Weihnachten season and the end of Christmas celebrations, marked by a mixture of Tradition, Charity and Religious customs.
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