Christmas lasts for almost a month, and festivities can begin on Saint Martinís day, November 11, and end on January 6 with Epiphany. Advent (which comes from the Latin Adventus, the coming or the arrival) lasts four weeks, during which time religious rituals prepare for the celebration of Christmas.
|In the past this was a period of fasting when no meat, cheese or alcoholic drinks could be consumed. During this time,
the Christmas meal was prepared by butchering a pig, making pastries, and cleaning and decorating the house.
Today, children can open the boxes on their Advent calendars to count the days until Christmas.