Today is the first of the four Sundays of the Advent season leading up to Christmas, and in Germany it is customary to mark these by successively lighting the four candles of an Adventskranz or Advent wreath. For my Adventskranz this year, I used some twigs from a bouquet of Eucalyptus gunnii branches from Trader Joe's of the kind I recently blogged about, and it is not so much a real wreath as a loose arrangement. I also reused the candles from last year - no reason to waste them, right? - but I am nonetheless quite happy with my Advent table:
My table for the Advent season - the German glazed gingerbread cookies on the lower right were a must, as were the poinsettias at $2.99 a piece!
My mom's creation for this year is more sophisticated and playful:
My parents' Adventskranz back home in Michigan