Munich Christmas Market Round Up
Munich Christmas Market Round Up

On the fourth day of Christmas my Bavarian friend gave to me: four Advent candles.

 In a tradition that is nearly as big as Christmas itself, the buying of an Adventskranz (Advent wreath) and lighting the candles on the four Sundays before Christmas is done by most Bavarians. The wreath consists of four candles (usually red) which often surround a white candle in the middle which is lit on the 24th of December. These Advent wreaths can be seen in the windows of many homes, especially those in the countryside.

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Michael V. Owens
Michael Owens was born in San Diego, California, but is a product of the Orlando, Florida, school system. This gave him a love of the ocean and its bounty, a rudimentary education, and a great swing for both baseball (then), and golf (now). He followed his heart and received a diploma in Humanities, which did him absolutely no good in the USA. He didn’t choose Munich; it chose him. Despite his adoration for history, Renaissance art, and medieval philosophy, Michael would prefer to see the world in 2150, rather than in 1150. But it is close.