Index Advent Christmas-Markets St. Nickolaus Christmastree 24 - 25th

December the first - beginning of Advent,

This is when it starts to feel like Christmas,
festive and exciting. The City’s light up, shops have the windows decorated in the Christmas spirit , everything sparkles and glitters, and here and there you hear Christmas carols.
The Advent tradition is a religious celebration in preparation for the arrival (or “advent”) of the Christ Child (das Christ kind) on his “official” birthday, the 25th day of December.
The four weeks leading up to Christmas Eve are a happy time—and fun things are happening. At least for those not too caught up in the increasingly hectic and commercial aspects of this time of the year. The Christmas markets are opening up and St.. Nicholas brings gifts if you where good.
The picture on the left shows a typical evergreen Advent wreath with its four candles, one for each week of Advent. Traditional families gather around the wreath on each Advent Sunday to light the next candle and sing Christmas carols. Since the Christmas tree is usually reserved for a special unveiling only on Christmas Eve. Until then, the Advent wreath provided the evergreen look and aroma in the house.