It is a common tradition in Germany to prepare mulled wine during the advent season. You can get a nice mug of this tasty hot potion on Christmas markets, or make it at home for a nice evening with your friends and family. I just had my first mug last week, enjoyed it very much, strolling around Prenzlauer Berg Christmas market with a friend. We had a typical mix of smelling wooden toys, listening to embarassing a cappella musicians and spotting some random tv soap stars shooting a scene or two inside the old brewery space.
If you like to give it a try as well - here comes the recipe:
Heat up red wine (don't cook it - there goes the alcohol...) with cinnamon, cloves, lemon peel and star-anise. Sweeten at will with honey or sugar. Enjoy. Have some gingerbread or almond biscuits with it. Enjoy even more.