It is pretty standard to carefully assemble and arrange an advent calendar for someone you love. We go to the Christmas market and drink Glühwein or Feuerzangenbowle. We put a little present and sweets into the shoes of children (or adults) before the morning of the 6th of december, Nikolaustag (=St. Nicolas day). The main event is christmas eve on the 24th, were we distribute and unwrap the presents under the christmas tree. New years eve is classically celebrated by eating jelly doughnuts (Berliner) and watching a very old sketch that runs several times during the day on many channels, called "Dinner for one". At midnight we toast with sparkling wine and watch (or make) fireworks.