There are many customs and rites related to the Rauhnächte, because the Rauhnächte are a threshold time, comparable to the change from day to night. The old year comes to an end, a short moment of pause and a new year begins.
Therefore, this time was and is traditionally used for incense.
On December 24, we say goodbye to the past, make gifts - so let go of things with friends, eat nuts that we crack open - as well as old patterns are "cracked".
On December 31 and January 1 - New Year's Eve and New Year's Day - things are usually sociable and cheerful. We are loosened, rejoice in many things we have experienced in the past year and are in hopeful anticipation of the new.
The New Year's Eve smoking connects the two years with each other, so that the transition runs harmoniously. On January 6, we send good energies with this incense ritual, as well as the carol singers come and wish with song and incense luck and blessings for the new year.