2AdventskranzIn Germany the Christmas celebrations start a lot earlier than in England. Most German families have an Adventskranz (a type of wreath). There are four candles on the Adventskranz and one is lit on each of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas day.
3AdventskalenderMost German children also have an Adventskalender. These are also popular in England now. For each day up to Christmas, there is a door to be opened. Sometimes behind this door you will find a picture, sometimes a chocolate
4St. NiklausOn the eve of the 6th December, German children are visited by St. Niklaus (Santa Claus).They leave their shoes or boots out and when they wake they find them filled with chocolates, fruit, nuts, sweets and St Niklaus figures.
5Der heilige AbendGerman families celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve (der heilige Abend).The parents decorate the tree in the Weihnachtszimmer (Christmas room) with apples, sometimes with real candles, glass balls (Kugeln) and with Engelshaar (‘angel’s hair’ – tinsel).
6Der WeihnachtsbaumAt the top of the tree the parents put a star (Stern)and at the foot of the tree is the crib (die Krippe).
7Das ChristkindNow it’s time for the Christ Child (das Christkind) or the Weihnachtsmann (Father Christmas) who brings the presents.When he has been, the children are allowed into the Weihnachtszimmer for die Bescherung (distribution of presents).
8Das WeihnachtsessenThe Germans often eat carp (Karpfen) for their Christmas meal.This is usually followed by goose (der Weihnachtsgans).
9Das WeihnachtsessenOther German Christmas foods are Lebkuchen, which are spicy ginger biscuits, and Stollen, which is the German Christmas cake.
10Jingle BellsJingle Bells, Jingle Bells, klingt es weit und breit. Schön ist eine Schlittenfahrt im Winter wenn es schneit. Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, klingt es weit und breit. Mach' mit mir 'ne Schneeballschlacht, der Winter steht bereit!