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A week before the first Sunday of Advent, most shops offering Advent items especially the flower shops featuring Advent wreaths, gift articles and home craft elements; have an Advent Market Special.
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Now that Saturday and Sunday are not normal shopping days. These are exciting days because aside from welcoming the Advent and the coming of Christmas; the shops also welcome shoppers and window shoppers with small treats: there are free Christmas cookies, slices of cakes (mostly stolen), candies and drinks (hot choco, tea, coffee or juices sometimes even sekt).
Everybody are allowed to move around, check the merchandises while eating and/or drinking. Most people take the chance to chat up with acquiantances; most kids take the chance to stock up on sweets and stuff themselves with the first taste of the Christmas sweets; most active DIY enthusiasts take the chance to check out the Advent style for the year. Most visitors take the chance to have fun and go home with something new for Advent in their bags.
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