German Christmas

The time has come and Christmas time is finally here! In order to enjoy the holidays, its good to know something about the german christmas history. First thing to know is the tradition of the advent calendar, when families light a candle each Sunday before Christmas singing carrols and eating christmas cookies.

The time has come and Christmas time is finally here! In order to enjoy the holidays, its good to know something about the german christmas history. First thing to know is the tradition of the advent calendar, when families light a candle each Sunday before Christmas singing carrols and eating christmas cookies. Maybe you have seen advent calendars with chocolates hidden behind each of the days of december, these ones are especially made for kids.
Before that, christmas markets opening, another important event in the german christmas history, takes place a week before the first day in December. The city is full with of lights, jingles and heaters (it’s so brrrr cold).
In the german christmas history there no Santa on the 24th, but Nikolaus, who will be happy to leave some chocolates in your shoes if you remember to leave them outside. You can find Nikolaus chocolate figures in almost every shop to also give as a present that night.
On the 24th, Christmas Eve, families get together to enjoy mulled wine, sweets and the typical dich: roasted goose. They exchange presents and still have both the 25th and 26th to rest and visit family and friends to enjoy the holidays, as both days are federal holidays.
If you are a sweets’ lover, this may be your favorite holiday in the year! Not only mulled wine and heart-shaped cookies are part of german christmas history, there is also a very important one called “German Stollen”. It is a fruitcake which is thought to be first baked in the 14th century in Dresden, which for many people may look similar to the italian Panettone in its taste but certainly not in its shape, which wants to evoke baby Jesus Christ in swaddling clothes.
Prepare your christimas spirit and stomach, and enjoy practicing german christimas history and traditions!