The Germanic speaking countries celebrate considerably more the 4 Sundays of Advent than elsewhere in the World. Every town and village has it's 'Weihnnachtsmarkt' (Christmas market) lasting from 1 day to 4 weeks (Nurnberg)....and each Sunday is a bit special regarding the food. German descended, mainly in USA also celebrate these days.
Advent is a very important part of the Christmas season in Germany. For Christians, Advent-time is the four weeks before Christmas and represents the waiting for the birth of Christ. For non-Christians, Advent is a time to prepare for the Christmas celebration. Advent is celebrated on the four Sundays preceding Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve.
A very important day for children during Advent is Nikolaus Day (Nikolaustag), December 6th. On this day, Nikolaus is said to pass by and leave the children candy, chocolate, fruits, nuts, or small presents in stockings or boots that they've placed outside the front door for him. Historically, Nikolaus represents Nikolaus von Myra, a bishop from Asia Minor (Southern Turkey), who died on December 6th in the 4th century. Not too much is known about this man, except that he was known for his kindness and good deeds, especially toward children.
December 24th, Christmas Eve, is the last day of Advent. On this day, many people go to church or attend a midnight mass. Also, many families choose to exchange their Christmas gifts on this day.
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You can find the German style Advent dishes on the above link, from Goose to Carp.....
I've kept this article with links to German (in English) sites, since they have the largest variety, and celebrate the most... http://germanfood.about.com/od/adventandchristmas/
All I can suggest is try some of these things and have a good time over the 4 Sundays coming up! The 4th Sunday is Christmas anyway, and all 4 candles should be on the table and lit!