Celebrating Christmas around the World: Magdeburg, Germany
December 25, 2014 § Leave a comment
A Happy Christmas Eve to all of you!
Having read all about Christmas in different countries around the world you might wonder how are we actually celebrating the holiday in my home country. And here it goes…:
We are really into Christmas. As soon as December starts you can listen to Christmas music all around and enjoy the lights in the streets and stores. On the first of December the kids (including me ;)) start opening the first door of their Advent Calendar -a calendar with surprises for every day of December from the 1st until the 24th-, it can be a bought one, filled with chocolates or other candies, as well as a homemade one filled with a lot of little gifts.
On the night of December 6th, the first highlight happens. St. Nicolaus comes to all the houses and gives everybody either a little gift or a wooden stick; it all depends on your previous behaving the year to end. According to the tradition, that means that everybody needs to clean its shoes on the evening of the 5th and put them in front of the door, then you wake up on the 6th of December and run to your shoes to check which of the two options you received. During December we have Christmas markets all over the towns. You can simply go with friends to have a hot wine (Glühwein) plus food and check around the offered products (ornaments, pottery, jewelry…).
Around the 23rd we put up our Christmas tree which we usually buy in the beginning of December. We gather together as a family and decorate it carefully with ornaments and wooden stars.
On the 24th we meet within our families, listen to Christmas music, have cookies and coffee and later more food (one common meal for Christmas Eve is potato salad with sausages). We exchange our presents on the same day, then on the 25th we wake up in the morning, go to enjoy the tree and check out our presents in detail. For lunch or dinner we get together with more family to enjoy another meal and time together. On the 26th Christmas still continues, more family and more delicious food with presents exchange.
And now I wish you all a Merry Christmas! Enjoy the time with your family and happy reading!