Advent Season in Germany

A time of hope, anticipation.

Crisp air outdoors. Candles,

lights, wreaths abound. Advent

calendars to count down.


Small surprises, sweets

behind the tiny doors.

Shouts of glee at the

prizes in little hands.

Smells of fir boughs,

pinecones, gingerbread

houses, baked goodies.

Traditions and rituals.


My classroom desk in

Germany held wonderment

as I walked in. An Advent

wreath with a lit candle.


Thirty faces watched me

as I reacted in surprise and

expressed thanks to all

the smiling faces.

How different it was this

Fulbright Year of teaching

in Germany. Still years later

our lives forever changed.


Moonlit walks on snowy

December nights through the

tiny village in Germany.

Outdoor Christmas markets


adorn towns with sights,

smells, sounds of Christmas

music. Rich traditions and

new cultural experiences.

One shoe outside the door

awaiting the visit of Nikolaus

to fill it with candy and fruit.

A revered day – December 6.


The Christ Child visits on

Christmas eve when families

gather to exchange their gifts.

Church services at midnight.


There is much to be said

for sacred family time and

celebrations. Stores closed on

Sundays, holidays. These

days remain in our hearts

and minds to be forever

treasured and shared in

future shared holidays.


We love the old fashioned

Christmas when people

take time to value one another

and share their love.



















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22 Responses to Advent Season in Germany

  1. Arno Bode, Cologne,Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann,
    ich glaube ,es war in deinem Leben eine schöne Erfahrung in Germany das Weihnachtsfest in der hier begangenen Art und Weise erlebt zu haben.Du kennst und hast mehrere Kulturen erlebt.Ich glaube ,daß die bei uns praktizierte Art, die Weihnachtszeit zu gestalten, etwas ist was Leib und Seele tief berührt. Gepaart ist christliches Besinnen und die Freude.
    Alles zur rechten Zeit.
    Ich wünsche Dir,liebe Mary Ann und deiner lieben Familie eine schöne gnadenvolle Weihnachtszeit.
    Übrigens, Dein stimmungsvoller Beitrag hat erneut Herz und Seele berührt.
    Alles Liebe und Gute,
    Dein Arno

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    • Dear Arno, thank you for such a kind comment to me. You are insightful to recognize how deeply my three years of study in Germany and later two more as a Fulbright teacher have affected me as a person. We were forever changed by the experiences. Travel is the best education and for us, education is at the top of the list. We wish you, your family and friends a wonderful, blessed Advent Season in Germany. Enjoy your weekend. All the best, Mary Ann 🙂


  2. Peter Klopp says:

    Your post poetic in both verse and images brings back fond memories of the Germany I left behind more than 50 years ago. Beautifully done, Mary Ann!

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  3. A lovely holiday share, Mary Ann! ❤ Memories to be cherished. Wishing you and yours a bright and beautiful Christmas and a New Year overflowing with God's richest blessings… xo

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  4. Annika Perry says:

    Beautiful poem capturing this special time of the year, both present day and past memories! Wishing you a lovely second advent this weekend, Mary Ann and enjoy your music … I imagine this is a busy time for you. Xx

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    • Annika, thank you for your lovely comment. This is a very busy season for singers and musicians alike. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Do you have any special plans? An Advent wreath? Enjoy this season!

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      • Annika Perry says:

        Funnily enough, I just bought a beautiful wreath for the front door yesterday! Next week we celebrate Lucia and for me that is always special and then the joyful build-up to Christmas.

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      • I recall learning about St. Lucia’s Day with the wreath with real candles worn on heads. Today is Nikolaustag in Germany. The good boys and girls have a shoe filled with treats and fresh fruits and nuts and perhaps a small present. More snow last night reminds me that we are in December and getting ready for Christmas.

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  5. Peter Klopp says:

    I tried to access your most recent post on the love and care that nurses have within themselves to look after their fellow human beings, but I got a message: The page you requested does not exist.

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  6. Clare Pooley says:

    I love Advent! We always have made an Advent Crown with four candles and my daughters always looked forward to their calendars with windows to open. Thank you so much for this evocative post, Mary Ann! All we need now is some snow!

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