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.
Advent (Photo credit: kathleen_jowitt)The time of Advent is filled with many traditions in Germany. The Advent-Wreath (Adventskranz) is a very important part of Advent-time. It has four candles and each Advent-Sunday a candle on the wreath is lit to represent Christ, the Light of the World. Equally important, especially for children, is the Advent-Calendar. This is a calendar with 24 tiny doors that counts down the days until Christmas. Everyday a door is opened. Behind the door can be a cartoon, a small toy or gift, or candy or chocolate. Advent is also the time to decorate the house for Christmas, both inside and out. This time is also used to bake Christmas cookies, cakes, and other sweets. We have listed many of the traditional baked goods and sweets (right) that are so well known throughout Germany.
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!
English: Advent wreath, First Advent Sunday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)