German Christmas Traditions – German Customs, Food, Christmas Tree Traditions

German Christmas Traditions – German Customs, Food, Christmas Tree Traditions

With Christmas approaching, a number of saint’s days are observed:
St. Martin’s Day on November 11
St. Andrew’s Night on November 30 is when many Christmas markets also known as Christkindmarkts (Christ Child Markets) open for business. From then until January 13 16 holidays are observed.

On December 1, Germans put up Advent calendars that have 24 windows which are opened each morning to reveal a picture, verse or piece of candy.

Advent wreaths are taken out with candles lighted each Sunday.

St. Barbara’s Day is December 4, when many bring in the branch of a fruit tree.

December 6 is Nikolaustag, St. Claus day. The night before on the 5th, you leave one of your shoes or boots outside and in the morning you either find presents (if you were good) or a lump of coal (if you were bad).

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