As long-time readers of this blog might remember, in Germany it is customary to mark the four weeks of Advent leading up to Christmas by successively lighting the four candles on an Adventskranz or 'Advent wreath', one more on each of the four Sundays before Christmas. My mom likes to be creative with this tradition and comes up with a new arrangement each year - you can check out those of the previous couple of years here, here, here, here, and here.
This year's Adventskranz at my parents' house
Fliegenpilze or fly agaric mushrooms (Amanita muscaria) are considered symbols of good luck in German culture and are therefore very commonly represented in New Year's Eve decorations and party paraphernalia. To a somewhat lesser degree they also crop up in Christmas ornaments, as illustrated in the ones my mom recently brought from Germany and used in this arrangement.