And use it every day! As much as I like chocolate, I don't long for a chocolate Advent calendar when I get to open a new surprise on a beautiful picture!
2. Eat Lebkuchen and Stollen
Lebkuchen is like gingerbread, but better. Sometimes it's glazed like the hearts above, and sometimes it's covered in chocolate and filled with apricot jelly which might seem gross but it's oh so good.
(Oh, and stollen is like a Christmas sweet bread with raisins, frosting, and candied fruit. It's ok, but not oh so good.)
3. Listen to German Christmas Music
This is a staple to my family's Christmas. To me, it is some of the most beautiful, Christmasy music in the world.
4. Use Advent Angels...
I couldn't find any good pictures of advent angels, but this is what my family uses every night with Christmas cookies. We light one candle and pass the light around and everything in the kitchen is dark except the little glowings of our advent angels. We proceed to eat lebkuchen and listen to German Christmas music.
5. And Advent Pyramids.
These are for Sunday dinners, since they're much more special than advent angels. The heat from the candles turns the blades on top, which is connected to the lower layers, which makes the little nativity scenes turn as well. Pretty cool, huh?
6. Do Christmas Eve Right
This means hiding the decorated tree behind closed doors until Christmas Eve, when we open presents after church. I know some people have their trees up a month before Christmas, but I love how special seeing the tree for the first time on Christmas Eve is. And I'm not going to complain about getting my presents sooner rather than later! :)
And that's how to celebrate Christmas like a German, or at least a German American!
Do you have any cultural traditions at Christmas? Any German ones?
Do you use a paper advent calendar?
Have you had lebkuchen? Isn't it yummy?