Hudson Originally from Germany
Christmas or“Weinachten” celebrations in Germany begin December 4 when children make paper lamps and go carolling through the village in groups. After they go home to place an old boot outside the front door andwait for SaintNikolaus to comewhile they sleep. The next day they find little toy cars or dolls in the boot, but they know the big presents will come December24.
Every town has a Christmas Market where people gather to drink “Gluhwein” ormulled wine, eat Sauerkraut and Bockwurst sausages and buy traditional woodentree ornaments or colourful candles.
OnDecember 24, everyone goes to church and then home for “beschaeren” or giving of gifts. They do this before eating and it seems verymuch like Thanksgiving in America as it is a very important time for families. When the meal is served, it is traditional to eat cheese fondue or “fondue Neuschatel” or fish on Heilige Abend.
I appreciate the German traditions because I think they celebrate the true values of Christmas... the birth of Jesus andbeing with family.