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German immigrants arriving in America during the 19th Century produced the first Christmas cards and the first modern image of Santa Clause

According to German Legend, wealthy landowners would hold a great feast in their hall and build an altar of flat stones heaped high with fir boughs

Popular Christmas foods in Germany include baked fruit loaves, bratwurst sausage, roasted nuts and the dessert known as lebkuchen

Lebkuchen is a reminder of Germany’s prime location during the middle ages, when it was a crossroads for international trade

No other Christmas symbol is more associated with Germany than the Christmas tree

Christmas trees as we know them today, originated in Germany

While the Christmas tree became an important symbol for German Protestants, Catholic-Germans celebrate the holiday with a traditional nativity scene. Called a krippe

Rather than Santa Clause or Saint Nicholas, the traditional gift bearer at Christmas is the Christkindl, or “Christ Child

One German legend claims that Martin Luther was responsible for introducing the use of Christmas trees in the home, in Germany. According to the legend, on his way home one evening, Martin Luther was so overcome by the beauty of a fir tree and stars in the sky, he wanted to tell his family about it. However, upon returning home, words failed him, so he went out and chopped the down and brought it home to share with his family

Another popular German Christmas tradition attributed to Martin Luther is that of the Christkindl. Christkindl means “Christ Child

German-style Christmas markets are resonating outside Germany. They are being held in the USA in Denver, Chicago, Baltimore, New York, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and several other cities big and small. But the real thing is still in Germany

Christmas markets usually take place around a huge Christmas tree from the end of November to a day or two before Christmas.

Food and drink take account of the fact that these markets, contrary to all logic, are held outdoors in the middle of winte

It leans to roasted chestnuts, hot sausages and hot spiced wine.

There are no bargains there. You'll pay just what you would pay elsewhere


It's held on the Rathausplatz and Martin-Luther-Platz. Each year the city hall becomes one big Advent calendar, with scenes in the windows

Berlin, has many Christmas markets, at least one in each of its 12 districts.


It takes place in front of the 600-year-old Michaelskirche in the old city of this famous, half-timbered wine town on the Mosel

Many “American” Christmas elements have come from German Europe

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 Christkindl

One German Christmas custom the U.S. has yet to adopt is the two-day celebration. The day after Christmas Day — der zweite Weihnachtstag

In Germany, preparations for Christmas begin before December falls. But the real celebration starts from 6th December, St. Nicholas Day, known here as "Nikolaustag

A unique aspect of the German Christmas decorations is that, kids can not take part in the beautification of the Christmas tree

Christmas tree is decorated on Christmas Eve

The father usually keeps the children in a seperate room while the mother brings out the Christmas tree from a hidden place and decorates it with apples, candy, nuts, cookies, cars, trains, angels, tinsel, family treasures and candles or lights

The Christmas Eve dinner menu traditionally comprises of delicious dishes such as suckling pig, white sausage, macaroni salad, "reisbrei" (a sweet cinnamon) and many regional dishes

The most famous of all German language Christmas songs , "Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Today this famous song is translated into 44 other languages and is known all over the world.

in Germany the magic of Christmas starts with the December arrival of the advent calendar

Christmas is a time for singing and music making

There is a constant mention at Christmas of the mysterious sounds of bells and other musical instruments, present in all households