All these traditions have found their way among other european countries as well so nowadays it is not only unique to Germany.
Anyway so this post is actually about making a wreath and I am talking too much about Christmas. This year is my second attempt to make my own wreath. I am quite satisfied with myself. Take a look:
See what I did with the picture on the left? It looks a bit weird but this is just the first stage. Just to get an idea how the base would like like I attached the first set of leaves.
And don't forget the candles of course and some small things for decoration, anything goes whatever you want for a motif. I chose red and silver for some color and some natural materials like cinnamon sticks and star anise. Of course don't forget your candle holders, you wouldn't want some fire out there. Believe me a friend of ours had a fire because of her wreath and burnt her table. Good thing only her table and the best thing happened - her insurance paid the damaged and she was able to get herself a new table.
So after the wreath is done - you can put on the candles and wait for all that four Sundays.
Now why are the candles in a circle? If I have paid real attention to the explanation at work , the circle symbolizes Eternity, like wedding rings are. The love of God is eternal.
This is how it looks like when you are ready for coffee time and it gets a bit dark. Yup the nights are quite longer now. It starts to be dark around 4:30 p.m. this part of the globe.