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Attendorn, Germany - 15th January 2011

By: Kalliope

Winter in Germany is currently having a break and I'm a bit sad that all the snow has gone. I had hoped to try tobogganning and maybe cross-country skiing or at least to build a snowman. We're currently having 8C (46F) and it's rather rainy and gray.

Kalliope has not yet removed all the Christmas decoration and the tree is still standing, too. It's a real one, not made from plastic and it's decorated with red and white balls, stars and other stuff made from straw as well as some little wooden figurines. The area where Attendorn is situated is called 'Sauerland' and, besides being known as "the land of the thousand hills", it's also famous for the Christmas trees growing there.

On one of the pictures you see me with a traditional Advent wreath. On each Sunday in Advent another candle is lit. The branches are a little dry already, but I don't mind. I also learned a German Christmas poem:

Advent, Advent,
Ein Lichtlein brennt
Erst eins, dann zwei, dann drei, dann vier
Dann steht das Christkind vor der Tr
- - -
Advent, advent
A candle is lit
First one, then two, then three, then four
And then the Christkind knocks at our door

I learned that here in the area the Christkind (Christ Child) brings all the Christmas gifts for the children - the good ones only, of course - and Santa Claus sort of helps it. The three Magi arrived on January 6th. On that day children dressed as such go from house to house, sing a traditional song and ask for a donation for the needy. And this is what they write on the door: 20 + C + M + B + 11 (Christus mansionem benedicat).

We're waiting for some sunshine in order to go for a walk in the city center.

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* Posted Jan 15, 2011, 12:37 pm Last edited Jan 15, 2011, 8:31 pm by Kalliope [Quote] Go to the top of the page


 

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