For most of the year, my flat is relatively clutter-free. I just love my clear lines and empty surfaces and walls. But there are two occasions when I do decorate: My birthday parties (as you've seen on my blog several times) and for the weeks from the 1st Advent Sunday to the 6th of January.
My Christmas decoration is nearly always the same. But this year, I have something new - a little glass fox my sister bought me at the Christmas market. I simply had to have him:
He is actually meant as a pending ornament, but he sits well without falling over, and has found his place on the top of the chest of drawers in my bedroom. On the wall above the bed is the bauble wreath, picking up the colours of the candles and the fox.
In Germany, it is very common to have an Advent calendar. Most years, I have more than one. This year, I have two, both filled with chocolates, and both gifts from my Mum and Dad. This one is new, sold at Ludwigsburg's tourist information and showing the market square with the fountain and the founder's statue in the middle:
Of course, I have placed my collection of Christmas cards under the glass plate on the desk in the Third Room:
All the ones I like best make it there - but please don't be sad if you don't see your card! It's not about who sent them to me, only about the card's picture or motif.
Advent wouldn't be the same without traditional German Christmas cookies! A good friend and my Mum gave me a tin full of their home-baked cookies each. You see why I don't need to do any baking myself ;-) (I really am spoiled, I know!)
Happy 2nd Advent Sunday!