Friday, December 11, 2009

Frohe Weihnachten

My sister's friend and her daughter from Germany visited with us this Thanksgiving. They brought gifts for my daughters, one of which was this unique advent calendar. I say unique because it's unlike any advent calendar I've seen in the States.

It came on two sheets of cardstock: one of which was the stable and the other features all the figures for the scene. Nothing is perforated, and the directions were in German, which I don't read; so we sort of winged it. I cut out the stable and folded where I thought I should and then glued it together. Each day, we cut out that day's figure (they are numbered) and glue it into place. The baby Jesus (squalling, appropriately, and complete with halo) goes into the manger on Christmas Eve.

Several of the figures are humorous, but the astronaut on the right (in the photo below) has us quite flummoxed!


  1. maybe the artist was fond of this chris de burgh song?
    A spaceman came traveling on his ship from afar
    'Twas light years of time since his mission did start
    And over a village he halted his craft
    And it hung in the sky like a star
    Just like a star -----

    He followed a light and came down to a shed
    Where a mother and child were lying there on a bed
    A bright light of silver shone round his head
    And he had the face of an angel
    And they were afraid -----

    Then the stranger spoke
    He said" Do not fear
    I come from a planet a long way from here
    And I bring a message for mankind to hear"
    And suddenly the sweetest music filled the air ----

    And it went la la ------
    Peace and goodwill to all men
    And love for the child ------

    This lovely music went trembling through the ground
    And many were wakened on hearing that sound
    And travelers on the road
    The village they found by the light of that ship in the sky
    Which shone all around -----

    And just before dawn
    At the paling of the sky
    The stranger returned and said " Now I must fly
    When two thousand years of your time has gone by
    This song will begin once again, to a baby's cry --"
    And it went la la ------
    This song will begin once again
    To a baby's cry ----
    And it goes la la ----
    Peace and goodwill to all men
    And love for the child ----

    Oh the whole world is waiting
    Waiting to hear the song again
    There are thousands standing on the edge of the world
    And a star is moving somewhere
    The time is nearly here
    This song will begin once again
    To a baby's cry ----

  2. The Germans are weird is all . . .


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