Christmas in Germany is great! You know why? Because it is one of the solemn celebration that I have experienced. I usually heard that Christmas is a very stressful season of the year. Well, not for me. I think it all depends on you how you organize your Christmas shopping and celebration. Having only a few members of my family, it is okay celebrating Christmas without a hassle.
Christmas in Germany starts on the 1st Advent. This 1st Advent is the 4th Sunday before the Christmas Eve and it usually falls on the last Sunday of November. Before the 1st Advent , most Germans have cleaned and decorated their windows and inside their houses. They have started buying what is on their shopping lists like buying gifts and ingredients for baking cookies and other German goodies. They make gingerbread houses too with their kids. Either they make this from a gingerbread house kit they have bought in a package from a supermarket or they will bake the gingerbread building by themselves. Of course there are ready made gingerbread houses sold in the German bakeries. The choice is ours.
Yes, Germans are fond of baking their own cookies if they have time at home. They bake with their children and have already the spirit of Christmas. Baking with their children is a good opportunity to bond with their kids and then they would spend the time eating their vanilla cookies, Spekulatius, Lebkuchen in the living room with the 1st Advent candle of the Advent wreath lighted.
There are still a few days before the Christmas Eve. Enjoy preparing for this fun season and enjoy your Advents first. Thanks for reading.
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