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 December 1st has meant it's time to open the first door on Advent Calendars and begin the countdown to Heiligabend, Christmas Eve. A much loved Weihnachtszeit, Christmastime, holiday tradition for the young and the not so young in Germany.
Advent Wreaths and Advent in Germany
Evergreen Advent Wreaths, die Adventskraenze, are not hung on doors in Germany, and in amongst the foliage sit four candles signifying the passing of the four weeks of Advent. They are just one of the many traditions which create an enchanting time - A Christmas in Germany.
Christmas in Germany
Christmas Eve, "Heiligabend", is the most eagerly awaited and 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
A red apple sits amongst the branches of many German Christmas Trees during Weihnachten. "Der Paradiesapfel". The Paradise Apple. A symbol of "hope" and "promise", to regain something lost or reveal an aim to work towards.
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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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