Sunday, December 22, 2013

Advent Countdown - Day 13 - Germany

Germany!  A country I would love to visit one day!  A country full of traditions and culture.  A country with exquisite castles.  A country that has its own emphasis on things at Christmas time.

We started our time with reading Luke 2:1-5.  Then, we started learning about the traditions in Germany.  Germans put a good deal of emphasis on Advent.  Sadly, this is something not always celebrated to its true extent here in the States.  But alas, I am taking a rabbit trail ;)  Christmas trees are also quite important - with the first being displayed during the Middle Ages.  Unlike the family tradition of decorating the tree that many of us are accustomed, in Germany, the mother often does this in secret.

With such an emphasis on Christmas trees in Germany, we decided to read the book Christmas Tree by Florence and Wendell Minor.

Our craft for the day was decorating gingerbread houses.  I totally cheated and glued the house to the plate and together with a hot glue gun.  Then we let the kids decorate.  Once the houses were done, we decided to decorate ourselves a little ;)

Supper was a yummy elk roast, potato dumplings, red cabbage and a black forest cake.  Yum yum yum!

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