Monday, November 28, 2011

Made in Germany 36 - Advent in the Streets


Yesterday we celebrated the First of Advent.
Advent is a time that is quite important in Germany. Families have an advent wreath in their homes, and each Sunday a further candle will be lit until all four candles a glowing their beautiful warm light. The towns and cities are decorated festively. Some really go the extra mile, some have more basic little lights like this one here, in the Unterstadt ("lower town") of Tübingen. Christmas markets are making their appearances, the small local ones often much more beautiful than the big ones in Nürnberg or München. Children walk the streets singing Christmas carols. If we're lucky, there's even some snow to further add to this special atmosphere. There is Glühwein (spiced mulled wine) and gingerbread.

Wishing all of you a wonderful Advent.


13 comments:

Maria Ontiveros said...

This is beautiful. I wish that Christmas in the states was more spiritual and seasonal, rather than all about shopping and consuming.
Rinda

Frida said...

This could easily be here where I live :-)

see you there! said...

The street scene looks so inviting. I will pass on the snow but the spiced mulled wine and gingerbread would be welcome.

Darla

JoZart said...

How I wish I could visit my daughter this year in her little German town but I'll have to be content with the lovely visit I've just had when they came here to visit me in England.
Your beautiful photo brings happy memories.
Love Jo x

Creatissimo said...

I wish I'd go to every town in the World and see the lighting and Xmas markets on the streets. I love the atmosphere (if it's not too crowded) although I don't buy lots of things.
It's great to learn about Germany through your lens and words. Thank you!

Puna said...

I love Christmastime in Germany. They are some of my favorite memories.

Geckostone said...

Wow, great photo!!! I can really get in the mood with some of that wine and gingerbread, yum!!! Deb

Chantal said...

I just hung my advent wreath on the front door yesterday

Amanda said...

What a beautiful photo. I love traditions and Advent is a special tradition for our family too. I can imagine strolling through these lanes would really put you in the true holiday spirit! Thank you for sharing this!

Anyes said...

A wonderful advent to you too Carola

Christine E-E said...

your family traditions are so special! I love reading about them! we don't light advent candles, but now that my daughters are in their 30's perhaps it is a new tradition i should adopt... i miss buying advent calendars.

Marcie said...

What a beautiful scene!!

linda said...

The beautiful warmth of this festive season has truly come across in your picture, it feels so cosy and inviting, I hope you get your wish for a little snow. We are told we might get snow next week :-)