Customs in the Advent season

The Advent season in Germany has many traditions and customs. Advent means “the coming of God”, referring to the birth of Jesus Christ, which many people in Germany celebrate on December 24th. Advent begins on the first Sunday after November 26th and is then celebrated on all four Sundays until Christmas. The celebrations have many customs. One of them is the Advent wreath, a beautifully decorated wreath made of fir branches with four candles on it. One candle is lit every Sunday, so that all four candles are lit by Christmas. Another custom, especially for children, is the Advent calendar, which can be found in many stores from October onwards. Many families, but also day care centers and schools have Advent calendars for the children. From December 1st to 24th, children may open a door or package every day. In each package there is a small gift like sweets, toys or nice sayings. Adults also have advent calendars with chocolate, perfume, or other things. The Advent wreath and the Advent calendar shorten the waiting time until Christmas and increase the anticipation.


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