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Advent Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  In Germany, many have their Advent wreaths sitting somewhere in their house and lighting the candles every week.  You can buy a finished Advent wreath from the grocery stores or home/craft stores here.  I purchased some fresh greens and attached it to our wire wreath that I have been using for the last couple of years.  Christian asked why I use the purple & pink candles.  These were the candles that I received from my church in VA a few years ago.  I didn’t remember what each candle represented, so I had to look it up but there are differing opinions!  Here is what one place stated that each candle represents – 1st candle (purple): Hope, 2nd candle (purple): Preparation, 3rd candle (pink): Joy and the 4th candle (purple): Love.  Purple represents royalty.  Apparently, they don’t use the pink candle anymore & instead of purple, the candles might be blue.  I did read in many places that the Advent wreath originated in Germany, as a sign of waiting and expectation of Christ. 

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Christian surprised me this year with an Advent calendar with our photos.  The front of the calendar is a picture of our feet in the sand in Tenerife.  Behind each door is another picture from sometime this past year.  There is also a piece of chocolate.

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I made up my usual Advent calendar for Christian.  I wrapped up little gifts & put them in a basket under the tree. 

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Our first Advent activity was baking.  We made chocolate & peanut butter chip cookies, Vanillekipferl, gingerbread men & shortbread cookies with jam.

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At night, Christian has been reading aloud, Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien.  So far it is a great, fun read.  Starting in 1920 & for many years after that, Tolkien wrote a letter as Father Christmas to his children.  Father Christmas and his helpers have all sorts of adventures.  The book shows the original letter, which is usually in a squiggly print with the accompanying pictures. 

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Hope you all are enjoying this season!

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