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Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Holiday Links

A German Weihnachten is something special. 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 star
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 star
December 1 means 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. For generations an Adventskalender has been one of Germany's much loved Weihnachtszeit holiday traditions.

Advent Wreaths and an Advent in Germany star
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 Adventskraenze", just one of many traditions that are a part of Christmas in Germany.

Celebrating New Year in Germany star
A New Year's Eve in Germany. Traditions old, new, some based on customs from the pagan past and all designed to ensure the coming year will have the best chance possible of becoming a vintage one. "Silvester", and how it is celebrated in Germany.

Christmas in Germany star
Christmas Eve, "Heiligabend", is not only the most eagerly awaited but also the most significant of Germany's Twelve Days of Christmas. "Weihnachten" - filled with celebration and age old customs. A rich and colorful mix of the religious, secular, traditional, folk and...food.

Christmas Tree Apple, the Paradiesapfel star
A red apple sits among the branches of some German Christmas Trees during Weihnachtszeit and until Epiphany. "Der Paradiesapfel" - The Paradise Apple. In some regions it was believed to be a symbol of "Hope" and "Promise" that something lost will be found, a goal or purpose revealed or achieved.

Germany's Christmas Markets, Weihnachtsmaerkte star
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.

Three Kings Day, Epiphany in Germany star
January 5 is Twelfth Night and followed by "Dreikönigstag", Three Kings Day. Epiphany. In Germany those final hours of the Advent and Weihnachten season, and end to Christmas celebrations, are a mixture of Tradition, Charity, Religion and Folklore.

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