Somehow Christmas sneaks up on me too quickly every year. For a while it seems too early to think about Christmas, and suddenly it’s there.

Perhaps that’s why it helps to have traditions. Things you do every December. The Brits have some wonderful ones: carols by candlelight, Christmas caroling at all, baking mince pies, open houses with mulled wine, nativity plays and the diligent sending of Christmas cards.

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IMG_1216-0.JPGThe Germans are not without their traditions either. The Advent season is celebrated with the advent wreath, baking Plätzchen (take a look here if you are not sure what that is), numerous renditions of Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium and regular visits to the Christmas markets for mugs of Glühwein and a cheeky Wurst.

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What could be better than being in the position to mix-and-match all these traditions. And even if it went quickly, it’s been a wonderful December.

I hope that your advent season was just as bright and wish you all a merry Christmas and a time of rest and peace, as the year comes to a close.