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Favourite Christmas traditions in Germany include a visit to one of the various Christmas markets, baking yummy Christmas cookies, and decorating the home with candle arches, twigs and Christmas pyramids.
But there are many more traditonal Christmas customs in Germany that make Advent a very special time of the year.
Although Christmas (Weihnachten) has become very commercialised since I was a child 50 years ago, the magic of Christmas is hard to deny if you grew up with all the wonderful traditions. Weihnachten has still a deep meaning for us Germans and espcecially for families with children. As soon as the kids open the first window on their Adventskalender, they are held in joyful anticipation.
For the Western Christian Churches Advent is the time to wait and prepare for Jesus's birth at Christmas. The first Advent Sunday is also the beginning of the Western Christian Year. Advent in the Eastern and Orthodox Churches is slightly longer, and begins already on 15th November.
Now you are in Christmas mood, aren't you?
Want to bring a bit of good old German Christmas feeling to your home?
Here are some suggestions for you.
Lebkuchen belong to Christmas, just like a tree & gifts. In my opinion, Schmidt Lebkuchen are the best! Fortunately, for all Lebkuchen & cookie lovers in the US, the original products from Nuremberg are available at Amazon.com
Choose one of the decorative tin chests filled with delicious ginger bread and you'll have a perfect German Christmas gift.
To offer always fresh products, Lebkuchen are not available once the stock is sold after Christmas. The new Lebkuchen season usually begins in October.
Maybe you'll enjoy one of the German cooking books!