Christmas in Germany

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Christmas in Germany

Christmasin Germany"Weihnachten"

Christmas in Germany is very traditional. The preperation for this special feast begins with the advent season.

Holiday TranslationsEnglish-to-GermanChristmas-Weihnachten-------------------Santa-Weihnachtsmann--------------------Presents-Geschenke--------------------Pinetree-Tannenbaum--------------------Sugar cookies-Zuckerplätzchen

The Advent or Christmas calendar is a German tradition that has become increasingly popular in the U.S. Even some American Christmas words come from German. Kris Kringle is a corruption of Christkindl (“Christ Child” — It is the Christkindl who brings gifts on Christmas Eve in Germany, not Santa!)

Click Here to go to a very informational website. Don't forget to watch the video!

TraditionsThe German St. Nick arrives on the 5th or 6th of December. You leave your shoes outside and St. Nikolaus comes and fills your shoes with sweets and fruit.

The highlight of the holiday season in Germany is the Holy Eve on December 24th. German children usually don't get to see the illuminated Christmas tree until Holy Eve (parents secretly decorate the tree with ornaments, and lights). Presents are exchanged, and many people visit a Christmas mass. A traditional German Christmas dinner is Weihnachtsgans, goose, often served with dumplings and red cabbage.

An Advent Wreath

This is a Christmas Tree, orignally from Germany but now a very popular tradition in the U.S.

For a little fun here is "Let It Go" in German:)

St. Nick leaving goodies for the children.

Germany always has beautiful lights all around and the Christmas shops are all over!


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