12 Weird German Christmas Customs You Must Try This Year

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· Gepostet am 5. Dez. 2018

Bye-bye Santa Claus, hi Christkind!

1. Get intoxicated all day at your local Christmas market.

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It’s the very best location to get drunk on Glühwein prior to lunch and consume meaty German delicacies. We have actually made a list with the best ones in Germany for your next vacation. However do not fret, nowadays you can find them throughout the world basically.

2. Eat chocolate every early morning thanks to an Adventskalender.

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Arrival calendars have actually been an export hit for years. The calendar that sweetens up the time up until Christmas is yet another German tradition.

3. Manically bake at least ten sort of Christmas cookies a day.

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Christmas cookies are an absolute must in Germany– and it is absolutely not acceptable to bake less than a lots different kinds a day. Get ready to flip trays of Plätzchen in record time. You can discover the very best recipes here.

4. Commemorate the 4 Sundays prior to Christmas even if.


The so-called Advent Sundays are another fantastic method to get hyped for real Christmas! They are the best days to eat Plätzchen with your family and watch vacation movies.

5. … by lighting a candle on a special Introduction wreath that HAS TO BE homemade.

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They typically sit on the living-room table and are the ideal festive decor for Arrival season. Homemade wreaths are best as your next-door neighbors will evaluate you heavily when they see you purchasing a * gasp * ready-made one at your local supermarket.

6. Put a single shoe outside your front door to get chocolate and provides from the OG Santa: Nikolaus.

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Nicholas is the real saint that Santa Claus was imitated. He comes to see if you have actually been naughty or good and brings presents and sugary foods if you’ve been great. To get all that great things on the 6th of December, kids pop a shoe outside their home the evening before. Of course, it is best to utilize a huge boot to receive as numerous presents as possible.

7. Consume an absolutely not joyful meal on the most crucial Christmas holiday.

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Prior to delighting in the 25th and 26th of December, Germans like to consume an easy meal like potato salad and sausages or lentil soup on the 24th. Despite the fact that the so-called Heiligabend is really the most crucial Christmas holiday in Germany!

8. Go to church purely to pass the time on December 24th.

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Even individuals that aren’t truly spiritual like to go to a Christmas service on the 24th of December. It is the best way to kill time before Bescherung, the time of present offering. It primarily consists of an embarrassing nativity play along with the local pastor ranting about people that just visit the church on Christmas.

9. Open all the presents a day early to irritate the remainder of the world.


Germans want to be effective about everything– even the sacred ceremony of opening Christmas presents. Why wait a whole night when you can just get the job done on Christmas Eve? We call the 24th of December Heiligabend btw which literally indicates holy night.

10. Rather of Santa let infant Jesus bring you presents.

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Specifically in the southern parts of Germany, the Christkind is the one responsible for the presents beneath the Christmas tree. The standard gift-bringer is an angelic figure thought to be infant Jesus– and likewise the namesake of the popular Christmas market in Nuremberg.

11. Have an entire roast goose for lunch on December 25th. (Or get a seitan goose if you’re veggie.)

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Despite the fact that every household has their own tradition, most Germans roast a whole goose for their family delight in the very first Christmas vacation. It is frequently prepared by the granny who may likewise prepare some homemade Klöße aka German potato dumplings. There are even vegetarian options that you can buy online.

12. Commemorate Christmas a third time on the 26th of December.

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. The so-called 2nd Christmas vacation is on the 26th December and yet another day we tend to invest with household and a banquet. That’s right, in Germany Christmas is a three-day spectacle. Despite the fact that at this moment everybody is currently feeling sick and irritated.

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