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Christmas in Germany
Transcript of Christmas in Germany
In Germany as in the rest of the places around the world Christmas is a very special time, and is celebrated with the family, the customs and also typical food, and giving and receiving presents to remember old traditions.
They light one candle around a crown each Sunday previous to Christmas Eve . Children count the days until Christmas using an Advent calendar. They open one window each day and find a Christmas picture inside. Advent takes place on the four weeks before Christmas.
On December 24th they usually celebrate the popular Toast Prost,
with colour fireworks. ("The Health Party")
On December 24th families and friends thank God for everything
During Christmas time are very popular the street market, where are sold advent crowns, wines, foods, craft, toys and candles. .
In Nuremberg, Munich, Hamburg, Dresden, Colonia Street markets are traditional at Christmas time.Advent Crowns, wines... are sold there
Christmas preparations often begin on the eve of December 6th, on Saint Nickolaus's Day.
They usually bake cakes and cookies, and make gifts and decorations. Little dolls made of fruit are traditional Christmas toys.
Children leave letters on their windowsills for Christkind, a figure dressed in white robes and
a golden crown with wings who distributes gifts.
In parts of Germany, people believe that the Christ Child sends a messenger on Christmas Eve (angel in a white robe and crown), bearing gifts. Called Christkind. There is also another Christmas Eve figure called Weihnachtsmann, he looks like Santa Claus and also brings gifts.
Some homes in Germany have several Christmas trees, and they can be seen glittering and glowing all around Germany.
They hang up advent wreaths of Holly with four red candles in the center.
In Germany the traditional visitor is the Christkindl who is the Christ Child's messenger. She is a beautiful fair-haired girl with a shining crown of candles who visits each house with a basket of presents.
In some homes a room is locked up before Christmas. On Christmas Eve children go to bed but are woken up at midnight by their parents and taken down to the locked room. When the door is opened they see the tree all lit up, with piles of presents on little tables
In Germany boys dress up as kings and
carry a star round the village, singing carols.
HOW DO THEY CELEBRATE IT?
WHAT THEY USUALLY EAT
CHRIST CHILD AND CHIRKIND