Christmas in Germany|German Christmas Customs

Christmas in Germany is celebrated with many traditions that are distinct to Germany. Christmas commemorates the birth of the Christ kid, Baby Jesus.

Christmas celebrations start in Germany on 24th December (Christmas Eve) when Christmas gifts are exchanged. On 25th December (Christmas Day) and 26 December, usually the family gets together for events and also the spiritual Christians will visit Christmas mass throughout these days. The German joyful season starts at the end of November or early December with the Arrival celebrations. Throughout the festive season, numerous cities and towns hold christmas markets which open generally from beginning of December up until Christmas eve. Here see a photo of the standard Christmas market in Frankfurt.

Christmas in Germany: Christmas Market in Frankfurt - image by S.Borisov Christmas market in Frankfurt Lots of town squares do have their own tall Christmas tree in front of the townhouse or town hall which are beautifully embellished with fairy lights and frequently the lights are turned on early in December with a big party.There is always a stunning Christmas tree set up in front of Brandenburg Gate in Berlin which you can see in the image listed below. Christmas tree at Brandenburg Gate at

night There is a joyful environment during the whole month of December. Christmas markets and stalls offer conventional German delicatessen such as Christmas stollen, hot and sticky sweet roasted almonds, ‘Lebkuchen’ hearts (gingerbread hearts) and other Christmas sugary foods in addition to typical Christmas decors can be discovered in lots of towns. The most well-known German christmas market remains in Nuremberg. There are numerous stands with mouth-blown and delicately painted glass baubles in all sizes and colours.

Glass baubles and Christmas designs at Nuremberg Christmas Market

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Christmas in Germany
Typical Advent Traditions

The joyful season is started with the Introduction celebrations in preparation to the arrival of child Jesus on Christmas day. Development in Germany always starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, the 25th of December. In 2020, the four Development Sundays are celebrated on 29 November, 6 December, 13 December and 20 December as Christmas day is on a Friday this year. Normally, households decorate an Arrival wreath with 4 red candles. On every Advent Sunday, another candle is lit up until all candles are alight to announce the impending birth of Christ.

Common Development wreath with four candle lights Adventcalendars filled with sugary foods or chocolates are popular with children – now a custom all over the world. The first door is opened on the first December up until the last and typically biggest door is opened on the 24th of December. In Germany, the calendar has 24 doors as Christmas celebrations currently start on Christmas eve! The German Adventscalendar with 24 doors On the sixth of December, households commemorate Nikolaustag, Saint Nicholas Day. Often a ‘genuine’ Saint Nicholas, dressed in the red coat and hat and using a white beard -to camouflage the father of household good friend- and in some cases even his terrifying helper ‘Knecht Ruprecht‘, who is dressed in black, come to the homes with young kids. They concern ask the kids if they have been good all year and also bring little gifts to the good children and to reprimand the naughty ones. Normally this is a merry and festive event commemorated with loved ones and Christmas carols are sung. Kids are frequently asked to prepare and recite a poem for St Nicholas on that night. Be ready and find some popular – and easy to find out – English Christmas poems here. The 6 of December is Saint Nicholas day Children likewise put their shoes, stockings or plates outside, so if Saint Nicholas does not come into the house, he still can leave some fruits, nuts and sweets for the children.

Numerous Germans display a traditional wooden Christmas pyramid in their living-room. This pyramid is really a little carousel with angels and a nativity scene, that base on several levels and spin. The carousel spins with the aid of lit candles that through the heat of their flames set the mechanism in motion. The tradition of using Christmas pyramids came from the location of the German ore mountains (‘Erzgebirge’) in eastern Germany and go back to the middle ages and is thus a much older custom than making use of decorated Christmas trees.

German christmas pyramid - image shutter stock Conventional German Christmas Pyramid Throughout the joyful season and for Christmas in Germany, a nativity scene, a’Weihnachtskrippe’is generally installed in many houses, along with naturally in churches and in some cases as part of the Christmas markets. Normal German nativity scene with

sculpted wood figurines Did you know that the nativity scene show with a crib filled with straw, originally comes from Italy and is now common in numerous countries worldwide. See more on Christmas in Italy here.

Christmas in Germany

The Christmas tree in the living room is installed normally only on the early morning of Christmas Eve. Germans also mainly use genuine, newly cut fir or pine trees, that are sold in all sizes at many shops during the last days prior to Christmas. Nevertheless, homes and gardens are embellished with festive lights throughout the joyful season, just the tree comes last!

Christmas in Germany: On Christmas Eve, typically only little food is consumed during the day as this is a fast day. The joyful Christmas celebrations start already in the afternoon, when many families with children participate in a festive children’s mass at their regional church. After mass, households celebrate in your home, lighting the candle lights or lights on their Christmas tree for the very first time.

Genuine German Christmas tree According to custom, the’ Christkind ‘(Christ child or Child Jesus) will put the wrapped gifts and parcels under the Christmas tree whilst young kids usually are not permitted to enter the living room before the events at night. So the little ones are normally extremely thrilled when they lastly are called to enter into the living-room where they then can admire the shiningly embellished Christmas tree lit and the gifts under the tree. Families normally check out the Christmas story together and sing Christmas carols on that evening and later on delight in a meal and eating standard ‘Christmas Stollen‘, a conventional German Christmas cake with raisins. Households with older kids typically decorate the tree together during the day and after the Christmas events, they check out midnight mass at their church.
Common German Christmas stollen On the 6th of January, children and teens, impersonated the ‘3 Wise Guys’, will go from home to house to sing carols, pray and ‘bless’ your homes and to gather money for a great cause. Typically this group of vocalists (‘Sternsinger‘ in German meaning ‘singers or followers of the star’) is arranged by the local Catholic church communities. Sternsinger - image by Hans Kadereit/wikicommons< img src="" width ="500"alt="Sternsinger- image by Hans Kadereit/wikicommons"/ > Sternsinger Image Sources for Christmas in Germany: and thanks to Hans Kadereit/wikicommons Popular Pages Back to Christmas Worldwide Return from Christmas in Germany to Kids-World-Travel-Guide Homepage

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