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katmom
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Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
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Posted - Dec 06 2020 :  2:24:42 PM  Show Profile
I had meant to post photos each Advent Sunday.. and Duh! I managed to get side track..
So here is last Sunday's Advent wreath and todays as well


I went out and clipped some branches from our Spruce tree..
Then after dinner we lite the 1st candle and gave Thanks for our Blessings.


Now here it is, Dec. 6th, the second Advent Sunday..


I have made all sorts of Advent Wreaths... but decided to make a simple one this year..
My Oma,, use to make her wreaths like this,, some fresh branches were cut each Sunday and the candles placed in them.. She said, it was safer to use fresh cut branches rather than the week old dried out ones, to prevent a fire.

So this morning,, I went out and brought my candles and matches and placed fresh cuttings on the tray..
It was very lovely and we once again gave thanks for our blessings.. and as we did, I could hear all the Quail hiding in amongst the spruce trees,, watching us,, so we gave thanks for the inquisitive quail too!
Happy Advent Sunday.


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Edited by - katmom on Dec 07 2020 5:59:39 PM

Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

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Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
5680 Posts

Posted - Dec 06 2020 :  4:04:13 PM  Show Profile
Beautiful Advent wreath, Grace!! I love simple too, especially for Advent. Do they celebrate Advent in Germany these days? If so, do they use those lovely candle rings they make for other occasions like birthdays?

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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
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Posted - Dec 06 2020 :  11:34:42 PM  Show Profile
Winnie, yes most families use the wooden rings, some are also hanging type.
With the Christmas markets closed this year due to the pandemic,, Germany has a lock down on the out door markets.
So sadly, no shopping for ornaments and advent wreaths... no fresh pasteries and no Gluhwein...

I have a wooden ring, but I only use it for birthdays.. when I remember... mine is actually 2 rings, an otter one that has 4 candle slots and a smaller separate inner ring that holds only one candle.

I also have 2 wooden 'pyramids' .. but I did not bring them out this year,, I don't trust my cat to not make it her personal play toy! lol!

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MaryJanesNiece
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Krista
Utah
USA
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Posted - Dec 07 2020 :  12:59:13 PM  Show Profile
That is beautiful Grace! I’m not familiar with advent. Do you light one candle each Sunday.

Krista
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
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Posted - Dec 07 2020 :  3:28:09 PM  Show Profile
Yes, Krista,, it is a time for family, prayer and to reflect on our Blessings... I think it's predominantly a European thing,,, not sure if they do it in England.
Some are very simple in style, a log with 4 holes drilled in it,, or branches with candles nestled in,, wooden rings with holes dut in the.. some are placed around the table,, or on a window ledge and some are hung from the ceiling..


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nndairy
True Blue Farmgirl

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Heather
Wapakoneta Ohio
USA
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Posted - Dec 07 2020 :  5:14:32 PM  Show Profile
Beautiful. I love the simplicity of it Grace. I'm not familiar with it either but I think it's very fitting for this year to count our blessings!

What's Gluhwein?

~Heather
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"The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment" - Yogi teabag
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
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Posted - Dec 07 2020 :  5:58:14 PM  Show Profile
Heather,, Gluhwein is a mulled/spiced warmed wine.. It is a festive drink during the Winter months..
Warmed/hot but don't boil,, red wine,,,, add spices of nutmeg, allspice, ginger, clove.. let simmer and then drop in a thin slice of orange just before serving..
Oh Yummmm! or as we say,, "Lecker".....

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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

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Krista
Utah
USA
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Posted - Dec 09 2020 :  12:47:17 PM  Show Profile
That is lovely. I thinks yours are beautiful. And your spiced warm wine sounds really yummy! I’m coming over for a glass!

Krista
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nndairy
True Blue Farmgirl

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Heather
Wapakoneta Ohio
USA
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Posted - Dec 09 2020 :  1:37:47 PM  Show Profile
I had something like that a few years ago. I don't think there was orange slices though. It wasn't terrible but I prefer my wine cold LOL! I do love hot spiced apple cider though!

Do you have a favorite traditional German cookie? My husband is always telling me to find traditional European recipes to try.

~Heather
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
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Posted - Dec 09 2020 :  6:45:12 PM  Show Profile
Krista,,, hurry... :>)

Heather,, if it is prepared right,, it relly is yummy...

It's part of the festivities in Germany. to stroll around the Christmas market.. peel at the hand made goods in teh little stalls, while sipping this scented yummy warm wine and nibbling on a piece of Lebkuchen (sort of like ginger bread).. listening to the music and ahhing at the festive lights.

In some cities it is called the KristKringle fest, Weihnachts markt, and in some areas, Angelika-fest, or fest of the Angels.
But alas,, this year, there will be no fests due to COVID-19 :>(
My family, and both my friends, in Meimsheim and in Berlin are so disappointed... as would I be if I were there now.

loosely translated: Take your time, drink Gluhwein, and reflect.
Trader Joes and Cost Plus/World Market sell premade bottles of Gluhwein, $8 =/-
Gently simmer and add thin slices of an orange.

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Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

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nndairy
True Blue Farmgirl

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Heather
Wapakoneta Ohio
USA
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Posted - Dec 10 2020 :  09:40:33 AM  Show Profile
I saw a show one time featuring an outdoor Christmas market in Germany and it's been on my to do list ever since. I bet there are a lot of people very disappointed about no fests this year. It sounds like so much fun!!!

Do you have a recipe for the Lebkuchen? I'd love to try to make some. My family has German roots but I'm afraid the only tradition that was passed on was the kraut eating and beer drinking LOL!!

~Heather
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
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Posted - Dec 10 2020 :  3:00:02 PM  Show Profile
Oh Heather,, thank goodness for the Kraut , Brats & Beer! lol!
(are you still at ' 11965 ' ?? I will mail you the recipes....
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To make the true authentic Lebkuchen,,, also you need 'rose water' and 'pottasch'... which you might be able to find at a German import store or pharmacy store.

Also, after you make the dough, you have to let it "ripen/rest'' for a couple of days in a dark storage (like in a brown paper sack in a cupboard).. with some ricipes you can refridgerate the dough.

But there are Americanized versions..
I have only once made them, because it is a lot of work, and a day or 2 for letting the dough rest,, plus it gets a bit expensive to have to buy all the ingredients if you do not normally stock up on them.

I am going to mail the recipe to you.


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nndairy
True Blue Farmgirl

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Heather
Wapakoneta Ohio
USA
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Posted - Dec 10 2020 :  6:56:43 PM  Show Profile
Yup, Still there. I definitely don't have rose water and pottasch (not even sure what that is LOL!) in the pantry. I may have to Americanize the recipe this year. But I will treasure the recipe you send and will one day make the authentic version. Thank you so much for sending it. I greatly appreciate it - and my husband will too!

~Heather
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
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Posted - Dec 12 2020 :  8:50:01 PM  Show Profile
Heather it went out today... I think you will like the modified version... and feel free to make a big batch and send me a sample! heeheehee...

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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Dec 13 2020 :  03:29:21 AM  Show Profile
Your advent wreath is lovely. Simple is always just as good as fancy. Enjoy the season.

Farming in WI

Michele
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
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Posted - Dec 14 2020 :  4:53:13 PM  Show Profile
yesterday's Advent, 3rd Sunday..

it was a tad windy...


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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
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Posted - Dec 16 2020 :  5:49:03 PM  Show Profile
My DH made me a new Advent candle ring.. so that this Sunday I can cut some fresh Spruce branches to lay around the ring...


the little votive holder in the center does not belong there, I just tucked it in... for Winnie aka Red Tractor girl, to see..


Frohliche Weihnachten Joyous Christmas... from me to you all...


>^..^<
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nndairy
True Blue Farmgirl

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Heather
Wapakoneta Ohio
USA
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Posted - Dec 16 2020 :  7:50:30 PM  Show Profile
If there weren't so many miles between us I'd have you over to help me make them! Your husband is talented - that's a beautiful Advent ring. What a neat votive holder too!!

~Heather
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
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Posted - Dec 16 2020 :  11:21:16 PM  Show Profile
Thanx Heather,,,
I have one that is from Germany,, but I am to lazy to hike out to the barn in the snow and search through the boxes.. so I gave Dh a "Honey-do" project.. he is such a good sport.

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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

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Krista
Utah
USA
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Posted - Dec 18 2020 :  12:58:48 PM  Show Profile
Grace, your hubby is so talented. He did an excellent job! What do you plan on having in the center?

Krista
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
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Posted - Dec 18 2020 :  1:59:11 PM  Show Profile
I will place the pine cones and a bow in the center and the spruce branches around the candles...
We are looking forward to Sunday,,

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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

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Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
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Posted - Dec 19 2020 :  08:34:42 AM  Show Profile
Love your candle with the German Christmas greeting!!

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
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Posted - Dec 19 2020 :  8:24:46 PM  Show Profile
I posted it for you Winnie
:>)

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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
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Posted - Dec 20 2020 :  5:07:30 PM  Show Profile
Our 4th Advent Sunday...




Merry Christrmas





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Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

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isewbernina
True Blue Farmgirl

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Kathy
Salina KS
USA
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Posted - Dec 20 2020 :  6:23:40 PM  Show Profile
Beautiful!
What a lovely tradition, I have enjoyed this journey and am honored that you included all of us. Thank you so very much Grace
Kathy



“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” — Dr. Seuss
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

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Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
15728 Posts

Posted - Dec 21 2020 :  7:59:13 PM  Show Profile
Kathy , it is I who Thank you for letting me share my home with all of you.
Merry Christmas.

>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

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