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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 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 signals time to discover the first of the Advent Calendar's twenty-four surprises and it begins the countdown to Heiligabend, Christmas Eve. In Germany an Adventskalender has been a much loved Weihnachtszeit holiday tradition for generations.

Advent Wreaths and 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.

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" is filled with celebrations and age old customs, and a rich and colorful mix of the religious, secular, traditional, folk and food.

Christmas Tree Apple, the Paradiesapfel star
There is red apple amongst the branches of many German Christmas Trees during Weihnachtszeit and until Epiphany, 'Der Paradiesapfel' - The Paradise Apple. A symbol of 'hope' and 'promise' that something lost will be found, a goal or purpose revealed or achieved.

Germany's Christmas Markets 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 in Germany, Epiphany star
January 5 is Twelfth Night and it is followed by "Dreikoenigstag", Three Kings Day. Epiphany. In Germany the final hours of the Advent and Weihnachten season, and end to Christmas celebrations, are a mixture of Tradition, Charity and Religious customs.

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