Does anyone know how germans celebrate christmas?

Question by HGBABBY: Does anyone know how germans celebrate christmas?
i need help with a project. i have to research christmas in germany & how they celebrate it. you know all that stuff. lol i have to have games, poetry, and stories from germany. & so far NO LUCK. so if you HONESTLY know something about how they celebrate, please respond!!! (:

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Answer by Wise 1
the exact same way that we selabrate: songs, a tree, church, and presents

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7 thoughts on “Does anyone know how germans celebrate christmas?”

  1. My dad’s parents celebrated by opening presents on Christmas Eve, playing with them for a few hours, then going to sleep and playing again on Christmas Day. We do the same thing, and it’s pretty awesome to call up my friends who are trying to get to sleep and telling them what I got. Yeah, so… that’s what germans do, to my knowledge.

  2. Queen Victoria had a Christmas tree imported from Germany as that is where the tradition started.

    Go do a quick search on Wikipedia to see what you can find. I’ll do a quick search too.

    Try this link:

    Also, there is the Elf Hans Rupert who watches over the kids to make sure they behave. If they don’t, Rupert will tell Santa and the kids get coal in their stockings.

    German’s were the first to celebrate with trees and nativity scenes.

    A lot of German customs have been incorporated into modern Christmas celebrations.

    Sister project Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Christmas in Germany
    Christmas tree in Berlin, Germany

    In Germany Christmas traditions vary by region. On Saint Nicholas’ Day, the 6th of December, Saint Nicholas puts goodies in children’s shoes. Sometimes St. Nicholas visits children in kindergartens, schools or at public events. They have to recite a short poem or sing a song in order to get sweets or a small gift. “Knecht Ruprecht” (the servant Ruprecht – dressed in dark clothes with devil-like traits and with a stick or a small whip in the hand) sometimes accompanies St. Nicholas. His duty is to punish those children who haven’t behaved during the year. Usually he doesn’t have much to do. He merely stands near St. Nicholas as a warning to be good and polite. This festival is for the most part a children’s festival. The actual Christmas gift-giving (German: “Bescherung”) usually takes place on Christmas Eve. This tradition first began with the Reformation, since Martin Luther was of the opinion that one should put the emphasis on Christ’s birth and not on a saint’s day and do away with the connotation that gifts have to be earned by good behaviour. The gifts should be seen as a symbol for the gift of God’s grace in Christ [8]. In the meanwhile this tradition is also common in predominantly Catholic regions. The Christmas Tree is first put up and decorated on the morning of the 24th. The gifts are then placed under the tree. Often after Christmas Vespers in the church and an evening meal the father usually goes into the room where the tree is standing, lights the candles and rings a little bell. Then the children are allowed to go into the candlelit room. In many families it is still a custom to sing Christmas songs around the tree before opening up the presents. Some families, especially Catholic families, attend a midnight church service after the evening meal and gift-giving. The culinary feast either takes place at supper on Christmas Eve or on the first day of Christmas, and usually involves poultry (typically roast goose). Some families perfer a lighter and simpler meal on Christmas Eve. They eat potato salad and sausages, carp or a hearty soup and eat goose, duck or pork roast on Christmas Day. The gifts may be brought by the Weihnachtsmann (translation, “Christmas man”), who resembles either St. Nicholas or the American Santa Claus, or by the Christkind, a sprite-like child who may or may not represent the baby Jesus. After the gifts are opened the children often stay up as late as they like, often till the early hours of the morning.

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