Odd Shots and Macro Monday are here
Mama Lang is our host this week and her topic is :
It's the Christmas season, and I want you to tell us what are your three favorite Christmas Carols and a picture of your favorite Christmas "thing". It could be a Christmas tree, or your mantle, or a church, you in a Santa hat.
The only "thing" I really hang on are my German Christmas traditions, which of course I had to combine and change a little with the Italian once of Mr. Gattino. He loves his crèche, I love my advent wreath and Christmas tree !
I don't have any favourite decorations or Christma Carols. When I was a child we sang "Silent Night, holy night" standing in front of the tree and then only we were allowed to open the gifts. This was always on the 24th around 6 pm. We also did this when our son was little but today we don't sing anymore, because then the night is not silent or holy anymore because we start to laugh like crazy ! So a Christmas Carols CD replaces our lovely voices !
The time before Christmas is called "Advent" time in Germany and four sundays before Christmas we put up a wreath with 4 candles. Each sunday one candle is lightened and when all candles are lit, it means Christmas is there. The trees usually are put up 10 days or 2 weeks before Christmas not earlier, when I was a child it was put up only on the 24th morning. Not before ! We did it usually 10 days or one week before.
Each year I create my own "wreath" which is not really a wreath and this is for me the most important "thing" during Christmas time.
The 2006 wreath
and this year