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Christmas in Germany

Advent- and Christmas time is for many people in the wolrd the best time of year. As we celebrate Christmas in Germany, we would like to describe here.

Nikolaus in Germany:

In Germany, preparations for Christmas start before early December, the real celebration starts from 6th December, St. Nicholas, known here as "Nikolaustag". On the night of 5th (St. Nicholas Eve) children put their shoe or boot outside the door, a tradition also practiced in many other European countries.
According to a German legend, the spirit of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children, goes from house to house on the 5th carrying a book of sins in it aare written all the naughty things children have done through the year. It is said that St. Nicholas fills the shoes of all good children with treats and places a birch in the shoes of all naughty children.

Advent wreaths in Germany:

Advent wreaths (made of Holly flowers) are placed on a table and four red candles are placed in the center of it. One of these candles is lit on each Sunday preceding Christmas and the last one is lit on Christmas Eve. Advent calendars, containing pictures beneath each window, are used by children, and to count the days until Christmas, as a child I always knew father christmas would appear in number 6 window.

Christmas tree in germany

Christmas tree in Germany:

The Christmas tree is an integral part of German Christmas celebrations. The Christmas tree actually originated in Germany, and was bought to England by Prince Albert, In Germany children do not take part in dressing the tree, It is believed that the tree has some mysterious spell for all young eyes that rest on it before Christmas Eve. Hence, the Christmas tree is decorated on Christmas Eve, prior to the evening festivities.  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 gifts are kept under the tree. Nearby, beautiful plates are laid for each family member and filled with fruits, nuts, marzipan, chocolate and biscuits. The decorations finished, a bell is rung as a signal for the children to enter the room and the magic begins. The Christmas story is usually read during this time and carols are sung. Often, sparklers are lit and gifts opened too.

Christmas Crip

Christmas Crip in Germany

Under the Christmas tree, a crib is set up, ie recreated a small wooden shed in which the newborn baby Jesus is with his parents, the shepherds and the animals. In Germany, the variation of crib is very large. In churches large cribs are built.

Christmas Eve in Germany

Christmas Eve in Germany

On Christmas Eve the Christmas story is read or performed by children in the church. Although many German no longer go to church regularly, they are usually still on this one day to find peace after a long year and enjoy the Christmas spirit. Most also falls only with the church of the stress of the many Christmas preparations and purchases from.

In the evening you eat with the family and exchanged the gifts. For children it often includes the living room at first and they can enter until the candles lit on the tree and the presents are built. After all the presents for the children are taken from the Christ Child or Santa Claus.

Traditional german Christmas dishes

Traditional german Christmas dishes:

Traditional german Christmas dishes consist of plump roast goose, "Christstollen" (long bread loaves stuffed with nuts, raisins, citron and dried fruit), "Lebkuchen" (spice bars), marzipan, and "Dresden Stollen" ( a moist, heavy bread filled with fruit).

Christmas markets in Germany

Christmas markets in Germany:

At the beginning Advent, market-places are transformed into a christmas delight where you can buy everything you need for Christmas: decorations for the tree and candles, mainger figures and gingerbread (which is mainly baked and consumed at Christmas), Christmas trees, and presents for Christmas Eve. Walking through such a market really is an exceptional christmas experience for the young and old. The smell of fir resin and roasted almonds intermingle. The twinkle of the lights from the stalls and the little stoves where sausages are fried and chestnuts roasted.Christmas songs and melodies fill the air. One of the famous Christkindlmarkt takes place in Dusseldorf  and attracts lots of visitors every year.

Public christmas holidays in Germany

After Christmas Eve followed by two public holidays (25 and 26.12). Those days are mostly used for family visits

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The Christmas market at the Town Hall market square (Rathaus Marktplatz) in the Dusseldorf city centre.

→ The Christmas market at the Town Hall market square (Rathaus Marktplatz) in the Dusseldorf city centre.: One of the most popular Christmas markets in Dusseldorf is located directly in front of the Dusseldorf Town Hall, all around the equestrian statue of Jan Wellem.
Our Christmas Markets :: at the town hall

Engelchenmarkt (Little Angels Market) in front of Carsh Haus on Heinrich-Heine-Platz in Dusseldorf old town.

→ Engelchenmarkt (Little Angels Market) in front of Carsh Haus on Heinrich-Heine-Platz in Dusseldorf old town.: The art-nouveau "Engelchenmarkt" (Angel’s Market) in front of the Carsh Haus on the Heinrich-Heine-Platz in the Dusseldorf Old City "Altstadt) has everyone looking forward to Christmas.
Our Christmas Markets :: at Heinrich-Heine-Platz

Christmas market at the Stadtbrueckchen in Dusseldorf

→ Christmas market at the Stadtbrueckchen in Dusseldorf: The Christmas market or Sternchen-Markt (Little Stars Market) at the Stadtbrueckchen (Little City Bridge) in the Dusseldorf Old City has been an insider tip among Christmas market enthusiasts for years.
Our Christmas Markets :: at the Stadtbruckchen

Christmas market on Flinger Strasse in Dusseldorf

→ Christmas market on Flinger Strasse in Dusseldorf: The Christmas magic of the stalls stretches along the popular shopping mile of Flinger Strasse through the Altstadt - Dusseldorf Old City.
Our Christmas Markets :: on Flinger Strasse

Christmas market at Schadowplatz in Dusseldorf

→ Christmas market at Schadowplatz in Dusseldorf: Christmas hustle and bustle awaits visitors to the Schadowplatz. At this venue the Christmas market is particularly family friendly.
Our Christmas Markets :: at Schadowplatz

Christmas market at Gustaf-Grundgens-Platz in Dusseldorf

→ Christmas market at Gustaf-Grundgens-Platz in Dusseldorf: Once again this year, the Christmas market on Gustaf-Grundgens-Platz in front of the Dusseldorf Schauspielhaus scores extra points with its 450m² ice-skating rink, which is available to visitors free-of-charge.
Our Christmas Markets :: at Gustaf-Grundgens-Platz

→ The Christmas market at the Schadowstrasse in Dusseldorf: The Christmas market at the Schadowstrasse is completely dedicated to artisan craftwork.
Our Christmas Markets :: at Schadowstrasse

Christmas Market on Königsallee in Dusseldorf

→ Christmas Market on Königsallee in Dusseldorf: Even a stroll along the Koenigsallee will put you in the Christmas mood. Thanks to thousands of twinkling lights, the giant chestnut trees along the avenue sparkle in festive splendour.
Our Christmas Markets :: on Königsallee

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