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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...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 star
Advent Wreaths don't decorate doors in Germany, they sit on flat surfaces or hang from a height and their four candles are surrounded by evergreen foliage. One for each of Advent's four weeks. "Die Adventskränze" of many traditions that are a part of Christmas in Germany.

Celebrating New Year's Eve in Germany star
German New Year's Traditions can be old, new, based on customs from a pagan past, but all are designed to ensure the coming year has the best chance possible of becoming a vintage one. Known as "Silvester", this is how a New Year 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

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, Weihnachtsmärkte star
Advent in Germany and the traditional "Weihnachtsmärkte" begin to open. Famous the world over the Christmas Markets, with their enchanting nostalgic atmosphere and delicious seasonal aromas, are an unforgettable part of the German holiday season.

Three Kings Day, Epiphany in Germany star
January 5 - Twelfth Night, and next day "Dreikönigstag" - Three Kings Day, Epiphany, are the final hours of the Advent and Weihnachten season. The ending of the Christmas celebrations in German speaking countries are a mixture of Tradition, Charity, Religion and Folklore.

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