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Christmas Around Europe

Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus, observed most commonly on December 25th as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around world. Have you wondered how do people celebrate their Christmas in their country? Here’s a sneak peek!

Western Europe--

Germany is well known for its Christmas Markets where all sorts of Christmas foods and decorations are sold. Perhaps the most famous German decorations are glass of ornaments. The legend of the glass “Christmas Pickle” is famous in the USA, but it’s that, a legend. Most people in Germany have never heard of the Christmas Pickle.

In some parts of Germany, mainly the south east of the country, children write to the Santa Claus asking for presents. The letters to the Christkind are decorated with sugar glued to the envelope to make them sparkly and attractive to look at. Children leave the letters on the windowsill at the beginning of the Advent.

As well as hoping for presents from Christkind, children also hope that ‘der Nikolaus’ will bring you some small gifts, such as sweets and chocolate on the 6th December. He comes in the night between the 5th and the 6th and puts the presents into the shoes of the children, who usually place them by their doors on the previous evening.

Merry Christmas in German: Fröhliche Weihnachten

Northern Europe--