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Waiting for Christmas

600_3060_wIn Germany we have a tradition of putting up an Advent calendar for the kids (and even the grown ups).
When I was a child I got a calendar made of cardboard with 24 little doors to open and a big picture related to Christmas. The picture showed i.e. a decorated Christmas tree, a sledge with colorful wrapped parcels, apples, oranges and nuts, a Christmas crib or something like that.  Behind each little door was also a symbol related to Christmas printed on transparent paper. That’s because the calendar was supposed to be erected on a table or the windows board and maybe a candle put behind to illuminate the calendar. Unfortunately, I’m unable to show such a calendar to you, because they are uncommon now.

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Later, the Advent calendars were made of a cardboard box with 24 little pieces of chocolate inside, one for each day in December until Christmas. Christmas starts on Dec. 24th, here, and the kid get their gift on the evening of December 24th.

Some families create their own calendars, such as the one on the photo.

The other photo shows a piece of our Christmas decoration. The funny figurines are hanging on a knitted band from our kitchen ceiling.

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Through the winterly forest

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Thursday evening the weather forecast proposed a snow rotor coming eastwarts from the British channel over middle Europe, and it came. Until Friday morning the temperature dropped to – 10 degrees centigrade and we got much snow. The lowlands beside the river Rhine got about 20 cm, and here, about 60 – 70 km east, we got about 10 cm. That’s not that much, but enough to make some problem in the streets.
Here, where I live, we usually have more snow, than the people in the lowlands, ’cause we live at about 200 m over the sea, while the lowlands are onyl at about 20 m over the sea level. Surprisingly I found yesterday evening while coming back from a friends birthday party, that about 10 km east from here no snow was on the ground. Amazing.
Yesterday came no more snow, but the sun was shining very well. Even it was about -10 degrees centigrade we made a walk through the forest.
Enjoy the photos.
Today, the temperature climbed to +3 degrees centigrade and it was raining all the day. Most of the snow is gone now, but we are in danger of ice on the streets. That are very good conditions for making much problems during the night and tomorrow morning, when all the people have to go to work again.

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