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For Boxing Day

Now, Christmas is nearly over. But, here in Germany, Dec. 26th is also a holiday.

We celebrate Christmas on Dec. 24th = Christmas Eve. That night, Christ child brings the presents for the kids (and the adults). The two following days are used for visiting the relatives. Often, one day for the parents and the other day for the parents in law. So, we have three days of presents for the kids. Three days of good food.

So, I have a gift for you, too. I prepared a calendar for 2019 to be used as a background wallpaper on your computer. To download it, you can simply right-click on the link above or on the image below and save the image to your computer. Next, you can promote the image to be the desktop wallpaper for the next year or print it for hang it on your fridge or your wall.

Have fun!

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Cultural notes: Advent wreath

The time surrounding the 4 Sundays before Christmas are called Advent, meaning preparation, pleasant anticipation and expectation.

Back in the first half of the 19th century a protestant pastor got the idea to visualize these 4 Sundays until Christmas each with a candle mounted on a wreath made of fir twigs. Each Advent Sunday one of these candles is inflamed, while the candles of the past Sundays are still burning. So, you have one candle burning on the first Advent, two candles on the second Advent, three on the Third and all four candles on the fourth Advent. The christmas tree won’t be erected before Christmas Eve on December 24th (although many families do this earlier nowadays and don’t wait until December 24th).

Over the next years the idea spread over Germany and became about 100 years later common even in catholic regions. Nowadays you can find Advent Wreath in nearly every home, church and even many shops.

It’s also quite common, to put a few pine twigs with some decorations in the homes. The traditional colors of this time are green, red and yellow.

The green stands for live and hope, even in this dark and unfriendly time, when nature seems dead. Only firs and pines are green in this time of the year, so they are also a symbol. The burning candles are a symbol for Jesus, the light of the world. The other parts, like the color of the candles, the further decoration or the order for the inflammation of the candles are part of regional different rules. The shape of the wreath stands for eternity, because a ring has no end.

So, I wish you a happy, peaceful and joyful Advent time wherever you are and whatever tradition, country, religions or ethical group you belong to.

Have a great Advent time!

 

culture, photography, seasons, world

Cultural notes: Christmas market

Christmas markets have a long tradition here in Germany. The best known Christmas market is probably the “Christkindl’s Markt” in Nürnberg, Bavaria.

A Christmas market is not simply a modification of a regular farmers market. Other than a farmers market it opens at about 10 or 11 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. and instead of closing a noon, it stays open until about 8 p.m.

You can buy spices, fruits (during my childhood the Christmas market was the only source for buying oranges, mandarins and some other exotic fruits for the South). You can also buy candles and decoration stuff, but also some food to make you warm from the inside again or some alcoholic drinks like hot spices wine.

While the markets exist in the bigger cities from about mid November until December 23rd, they are set up only for the weekends in smaller cities. Sometimes even for only one day or one weekend. Even some farms set up Christmas markets. Often these farms grow Christmas trees and thus combine the Christmas tree sale with a small Christmas market to attract additional customers.

Have a great Advent time!

 

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Cultural notes: Cookie time

Advent time is cookie time. In many private kitchens the oven has a hard time during the 4 weeks before Christmas. It’s time for baking Christmas cookies.

There are many receipts available for baking the special Christmas or Advent cookies. Every region has some specific specialities, while others are (nowadays) generally known in the whole country.

Have a great Advent time!

 

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Cultural notes: Advent calendar

You know, Christmas is celebrated in December each year. This holiday is a memorial to the birth of Jesus from Nazareth and celebrated on December 25th in many countries. Because of his birth, his parents got gifts from the wise men coming to praise him. In that tradition, we also give gifts for Christmas to our beloved family members and maybe some tight friends.

Especially the kids are looking forward and are eager to know about the gifts they will get. To ease this waiting period, here in Germany, the kids (and also some adults) get an Advent calendar to shorten this waiting period.

Three years ago, I already wrote about Advent calendars and their history. So, jump back and have a look.

Have a great Advent time!

 

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My calendars are available

calendars_2016…. and more :). – an add for my products

Just like in the last years, I’d like to remind you to my calendars with fantastic images from Cuba. But, this year I can also introduce you to puzzle boxes and canvas prints. These new products are also available now i.e. at Amazon. I included the ISBN numbers for ordering the calendars below grouped by country edition (UK, DE, CH and AT).

While checking Amazon.com I found the UK versions in the US, too.

The Corfu calendar for 2019 is also available, now.

Some more interesting products with my images are available at Redbubble.

Wall calendar portrait mode “Havanna” 2019:

DIN A4 hoch / 978-3-669-52434-6
DIN A3 hoch / 978-3-669-52435-3
DIN A2 hoch / 978-3-669-52436-0
DIN A5 Tischkalender / 978-3-669-52437-7

Wall calendar landscape mode “La Habana / Havanna” 2019:

DIN A4 quer / 978-3-669-52352-3
DIN A3 quer / 978-3-669-52353-0
DIN A2 quer / 978-3-669-52354-7
DIN A5 Tischkalender / 978-3-669-52355-4

La Habana / Havanna  2019 landsape
DIN A4 Landscape ISBN 978-1-325-14468-6 (UK-Version)
DIN A3 Landscape ISBN 978-1-325-14469-3 (UK-Version)

Wall calendar landscape mode “Cuba Cars” 2019

DIN A4 Landscape / 978-1-325-32242-8 (UK version)
DIN A3 Landscape / 978-1-325-32243-5 (UK version)

DIN A4 quer / 978-3-669-51465-1 (CH-Version)
DIN A3 quer / 978-3-669-51466-8 (CH-Version)
DIN A2 quer / 978-3-669-51467-5 (CH-Version)
DIN A5 Tisch / 978-3-669-51468-2 (CH-Version)

DIN A4 quer / 978-3-669-51285-5 (DE-Version)
DIN A3 quer / 978-3-669-51286-2 (DE-Version)
DIN A2 quer / 978-3-669-51287-9 (DE-Version)
DIN A5 Tisch / 978-3-669-51288-6 (DE-Version)

New “Cuba Cars” 2019:

Wandkalender for 2019 as Familienplaner sized, 21 cm x 45 cm / 978-3-670-20373-5

Take care!

nature, photography, seasons

A Christmas Gift for all of you

This year again I have a Christmas gift for all of you: a downloadable calendar for 2018

It’s free for your personal use as a i.e. wall calendar or a desktop wallpaper. Other usage is strictly forbidden, especially selling prints or making the calendar available on any other site than my own site.


This time, I created 3 versions. Beside the english and there german version, I created a french version this year as a premiere. So, you can decide between an English, a French and a German version this year. Right-click on the appropriate link below and save the image to your disk. Now, you can print it for putting it up to a wall, your fridge or simply use it as a wallpaper for your computer desktop. Each file is ~4.5 MB.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year.