Thursday, November 29, 2007

Germany's most famous Christmas Market

Verändert hat die Welt sich hundertmal
In Auf und Ab - doch sieh,
mein Lichtlein brennt!
Durch aller Jahre Mühen, Freud und Qual
Leuchtet es hell und schön: Es ist Advent!
Ich wünsche Euch allen eine schöne und besinnliche Adventszeit.

My father was born in Nuremberg and I have visited the City quite often.
Every year just before Christmas I received a tin of gingerbread from my grandmother.
Today, I am a grandmother and I love to continue the tradition ..
From Lebkuchen-Schmidt in Nuremberg I order the big festive chest filled with gingerbread for my grandchildren in Sweden.

Every year, Germany's most famous Christmas Market opens its stalls for visitors from all over the world, right in the middle of the city, on Nuremberg Main Market Square.
At 5.30 p.m. on the Friday before the first Advent Sunday, the Christmas Angel opens her market, reciting the solemn prologue from the gallery of the church of Our Lady.
And as every year, by Christmas Eve, more than two million visitors from all over the world will have sampled the delights of the Christmas Market.
About 180 wooden stalls, festooned with red-and-white cloth, have given the Christmas Market its name of "Little Town from Wood and Cloth".
200 stall holders present their traditional wares: Nuremberg spicy gingerbread, fruit loaves, bakery goods and sweets, typical Christmas articles such as Christmas tree angels, cribs, Christmas tree ornaments and candles, toys as well as arts and crafts products.
Favourite souvenirs include "Nuremberg Plum People", little figures made from prunes.
And of course, by way of refreshments, there are always rolls with Nuremberg roast sausages and mugs of mulled wine.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Advent Wreath - Adventskranz

Every year I have decorated my own wreath, but this year I can't do it..(picture shown from 2006)

Please visit Monika's Blog.

How to make a

Advents Wreath..

Monika shows in her Blog how to do it:

Country Living in the City

The Advent Wreath
As Christians, we use symbols to express visually the basic tenets of our faith and as reminders of the pilgrimage of our life in Christ. Symbols can have heightened meaning for us when associated with particular seasons of that journey. One such symbol is the Advent wreath.
The Advent wreath has its roots in the pre-Christian practices of northern Europe.

People sought the return of the sun in the dark time of the year (at the winter solstice) by lighting candles and fires.

As early as the Middle Ages, Christians used fire and light to represent Christ's coming into the world. Using this same symbolism, the Advent wreath developed a few centuries ago in Germany as a sign of the waiting and hopeful expectation of the return in glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The wreath, a circle, came to represent the eternal victory over death through Jesus Christ.

The evergreens were a sign of the faithfulness of God to God’s people, even in death, and the lighted candles were a reminder of the light of Christ brought into the world.

Die Adventszeit ist für Christen die Zeit der Vorbereitung auf die Feier der Geburt Jesu.

Um die «stille Zeit» vor Weihnachten hat sich ein reiches Brauchtum entwickelt: Adventskalender und -kränze sowie besondere Speisen, Süßigkeiten und Kirchenlieder zählen dazu.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

what is bloomimg in our house?? Amaryllis, Christmas Cactus and Peace Lily

A present from my neighbours Gloria and Martin, thank you to both of you.

As much a sign of the season as holly berries and mistletoe, amaryllis add a touch of holiday cheer to windowsills and dinner tables.

Originally from the high Andes regions of Chile and Peru, amaryllis bulbs are now being bred in an amazing range of colours and forms from spidery, lemon-lime blossoms to double, butterfly blooms and giant, velvety red-petaled beauties. But the classics remain some of my favourites - it's hard to surpass the scarlet and red of Naughty Lady‚ the blushing pink of Appleblossom or the pistachio-throated white flowers of Green Goddess.

Christmas Cactus are easy to look after and will live for many years.

They like a cool east or west facing window, out of direct sunlight. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings and do not let the plant sit in water.
One of the most common problems is bud fall. When you see new buds forming, leave the plant alone and do not move it, they dislike sudden changes in light quality or direction.

After the cactus blooms, let it rest ... cut back on watering, do not fertilize, and keep it cool. To get them to rebloom, the plant must have total darkness every night for at least three weeks.

Peace Lily - Spathiphyllum

Popular in the Spring and Year Round
Peace Lily - Spathiphyllum... lots of blooms, lots of green...

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Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima).. your cat

christmas basket 2006

The holidays are coming with all of the decorations and beautiful plants that make this time of year so special. However, some holiday treasures and traditions can be potentially hazardous to your pets.

The older species of these decorative plants would cause severe irritation of the digestive tract when ingested.
Vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping were common complaints from pet owners.

Plant growers have breed a poinsettia plant that is non toxic to our pets when ingested.
Care must be taken when selecting your poinsettia plant to ensure it is the newer, non toxic species.

Weihnachtsstern (Euphorbia pulcherrima)

Der Milchsaft von Euphorbien, wozu der Weihnachtsstern gehört, führt bei Hautkontakt zu Hautreizungen und bei Aufnahme in den Mund zu vergiftungsähnlichen Erscheinungen und Verdauungsstörungen. Euphorbia pulcherrima als Wolfsmilchgewächs ist auch insgesamt leicht giftig.
Tiere reagieren in der Regel empfindlicher auf Pflanzenstoffe als Menschen. Eine Gefahr besteht für Hasen, Kaninchen, Hamster, Meerschweinchen und andere Nager, für Katzen und Hunde sowie für Vögel. Vergiftungen können sich in Schleimhautreizungen, Magen- Darmbeschwerden mit Krämpfen und oft blutigem Durchfall, Absinken der Körpertemperatur, Lähmungen, blutigem Harn und Kot, Taumeln, Leberschädigung und Herzrhythmusstörungen zeigen. Bei kleineren Tieren kann ein tödlicher Verlauf nicht ausgeschlossen werden. Haben Kleintiere Pflanzenteile gefressen, sollte unverzüglich professionelle Hilfe in Anspruch genommen werden.