Curious about the latest trends and Advent exhibitions in your region? On magical stories about wreaths, stars, Santa Claus, Christ Child as well as on a delicious punch recipe? Or would you like to see the Santa Clauses in action? Click on interesting headlines and enjoy the reading.
Advent 2019: The most beautiful trends
This year Advent and Christmas will be even more beautiful: more natural, gentler, more sensual on the one hand - but also more glamorous on the other. Classics such as Off-White, White and Red are still popular. But tender colors or earthy tones are also on the rise.
Last but not least, gold is also a huge theme. In other words: When it gets colder outside and hopefully the first snow falls, we decorate our home and light the candles so that it gets warm in our hearts.
Festive & poetic: Soft colors
Those who believe that the strength lies in peace will like this Christmas trend. It is quiet, clean and simple. With soft, transparent structures, reduced shapes and colors that cover everything that the delicate palette has to offer. Starting with puristic-neutral tones through gold and silver to stone and mother-of-pearl nuances.
Also of interest are accessories with blurred patterns that seem almost supernatural. Really poetic.
Visit our colour symbolism HERE.
Emotional & warm: Earthy tones
Nature and craftsmanship have long been an issue. But this year this trend presents itself very tastefully, with earthy tones and rustic fabrics. The different shades of brown create a natural combination of modernity and rustic tradition.
In addition, the warm shades can be combined well with a strong matcha green. This trend has an authentic effect and enhances any occasion.
Fashionable & glamorous: Shades of Gold
Gold is once again a trend theme. Gold looks noble, festive - and of course glamorous, which fits this season.
Tip: Combine gold with soft earth tones, powder pink, bronze, matt metal colours or even champagne. That looks simply wonderful. Extravagant and yet discreet. Try it out!
Magical Advent Worlds - now live in your region
Do you fancy sensual, lightful and magical decorations for the most beautiful time of the year? Then explore the wide range of Advent and Christmas events being staged by Switzerland’s 350 Fleurop flower shops. They'll also be taking place in your region and are simply superb for inspirations, suprising ideas and atmospheric accessories. No matter whether your taste runs to the natural, subtle, poetic, festive, purist, rustic or glamorous.
It's best to visit several shops: every single one hast its own motto, its own unmistakable style and lovingly staged surprises. The events were planned far in advance and are highlights that you shouldn't miss. They give you the necessary inspiration to create a wonderful Christmas world at home.
You'll find the full list of creative Advent and Christmas events HERE.
You'll find our suggestions on pre-Christmas decorations HERE.
Notes on Advent & Co.
We associate the four weeks of Advent with evergreens, gleaming lights and atmospheric accessories. But what was it like in the old days? Here are some facts:
- Advent was originally a time of fasting. People therefore weren't allowed to enjoy themselves. Festive weddings were also forbidden, and dancing absolutely prohibited.
- For many years, Advent took place between 11 November and 6 January, and lasted four to six weeks. In the 7th century, Pope Gregory the Great fixed the Advent season at four weeks for the Western churches, while the Orthodox churches adhere to their six weeks to this day. However, they're not the only ones. Advent still lasts for six weeks in wide areas of the ecclesiastical province of Milan and some parishes of the diocese of Lugano.
- In the former GDR (East Germany), angels were known as "end-of-year winged figures". The GDR was famous for manufacturing wooden angels. Since these didn't fit well with the political landscape, a different name had to be found. Angels can be encountered in virtually every part of the world as messengers of the gods or of God, and they appear several times in the Christmas story.
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The first Advent wreath was a wagon wheel
The "inventor" of the Advent wreath was the Protestant theologian Johann Hinrich Wichern. He took care of a number of children in Hamburg. Because they lived in dire poverty, he moved into a farmhouse with them and provided a home for them there. Throughout the Advent season, the children asked impatiently when Christmas was finally going to come. And so, in 1839, Wichern had the idea of making a wooden wreath out of an old wagon wheel, and setting 20 small red candles and four large white ones on it. The children were then allowed to light them. They lit an additional candle every day from the first day of December until Christmas. It was more than 20 years before someone came up with the idea of decorating the wooden wreath with evergreen foliage. People liked it so much that the custom spread. As there was no room in private houses for wreaths with 24 candles, they confined themselves to smaller ones with four lights.
By the way: you'll often read that the farmhouse in which Wichern lived with his children was called "Rauhes Haus", or "Rough House". In reality, however, its name was "Ruges Haus". This is north German dialect, and the correct translation is "Red House". The house was called this because it was made of red brick.
You'll find our care tips for Advent wreaths HERE.
You'll find our care tips for Christmas trees HERE.
History of the Christmas Star
Stars are always beautiful, but in December they are very special. They are an indispensable part of Advent and Christmas. This is not least because the "Star of Bethlehem" plays an important role in the birth of Jesus.
Do you remember? The Christmas story says that in the time when Jesus was born, astrologers from the East came to Bethlehem because they were looking for the newborn king. They had seen his star rise and therefore set out on the long journey from the Orient. In the end the star stopped over the stable where Jesus had been born! So, the astrologers, also called the Three Kings, went in and saw the child. Then they fell down, paid homage to him and brought forth their treasures, gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Countdown: Sometimes shimmering, sometimes fragrant or fairy-tale-like
While we know the Advent calendar until Christmas as a counting aid, for Danish children there are Christmas countdown candles. On it, the single days until Christmas are marked with strokes or numbers; and therefore, one lets the candle burn every day only up to the respective marking.
In Norway, on the other hand, children put 24 cloves in an orange and then take one out every day. Things seem to be most exciting in Iceland. There it is the thirteen "Christmas dwarves from the mountains" who beautify the children's time until Christmas and also bring small gifts. The first Christmas dwarf appears 13 days before Christmas Eve, the last one on 24 December.
You'll find our care tips for Advent wreaths HERE.
Santa Claus and Baby Jesus fall together by the ears
For a long time, Santa Claus was a popular gift bringer on 6 December. But then came the Reformation. And because the reformers rejected the veneration of saints, St. Nicholas became unemployed in Protestant areas and his "work" was delegated to the Christ Child. In some German regions the popular St. Nicholas processions were even banned and replaced by Christ Child processions. But in vain. Santa Claus had already conquered the hearts of the children, and so the old man was soon back. Now there were suddenly two gifts: On December 6 from Santa Claus and on Christmas from the Christ Child.
Nowadays Santa Claus is not only celebrated by children in Switzerland. Adults and companies have also discovered St Nicholas’ Day.
Swiss St Nicholas enjoy their day
If you want to see Santa Claus in action, there are occasions that inspire even adults.
- ClauWau, Samnaun, 30.11.2019: Santa Clauses from all over the world come together on Alp Trida in the Silvretta Arena to choose the best in disciplines such as chimney climbing, snowmobiling, etc. In the evening the party continues in the village.
- Santa Claus on a Harley-Davidson, Zurich, 8.12.2019: Santa arrives in Zurich on his Harley and celebrates the Advent season with you.
- St Nicholas swimming, Zurich, 8.12.2019: On this day about 300 intrepid Santas swim from Restaurant Pier 7 to the Barfussbar in the Frauenbad Stadthausquai.
- Samichlausfahrt, Rietli, 8.12.2019: Rail journey to Rietli (Gais) and a short stroll with Servant Rupert to a clearing to Santa Claus. There idyllic fires burn, and Santa distributes gifts.
- Chlais-Izug, Beckenried, 7.12.2019: Santa Claus and his Servant are accompanied by 500 cowbell ringers, whip-crackers, bearers of lanterns and torches to the village.
- House of Santa Claus, Rochers-de-Naye, 21.11.-24.11.2019: Fairytale journey with the rack railway from Montreux. Visit of Santa Claus in the grotto. Registration necessary.
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Punch? Is actually called "Pantsch" and comes from India
The hot punch originally comes from India and consists of the five ingredients schnapps, sugar, lemon, tea and spices. English sailors got to know the drink in India under the Hindu name "pantsch" (for "five") and called it "punch". They brought it to Europe, where it appeared in 1735 in the Universal encyclopaedia under the German term "Puntsch". Here is a contemporary recipe for Christmas punch:
Juice from a lemon; ½ litre black tea (e.g. Assam); 4 tablespoons sugar; 125 ml rum; 1 cinnamon stick; 1 piece of ginger; 3 cloves.
- Add lemon juice and sugar to the black tea.
- Add orange juice and rum and season with cinnamon stick, ginger and cloves.
- Heat the whole in a pan, stirring constantly, until it almost boils (do not let it boil).
- Pour the contents of the pot through a strainer into a heat-resistant punch terrine.
- Serve the punch immediately.
Garnish the punch glasses with a slice of orange.
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