Wishing All Of You a Very Merry Christmas with happy hours of being together with your loved ones!
Frohe Weihnachten! Frohes Fest!
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All Things German In California
In der Weihnacht ein Menschenskind die Welt betrat,
in ihm sich der Same für eine besondere Kraft verbarg.
Eine Idee entfaltete eine wunderbare Kraft,
die in Geschichten Jahrtausende überdauert hat.
Lichter glitzern in den Fenstern und Straßen,
Geschäftiges Treiben herrscht in den Gassen.
Frohsinn und Besinnlichkeit erklingt,
während die Natur die Stille des Winters besingt.
Überall glitzernde Kugeln und bunte Lichter.
Zuckergebäck erhellen die Kindergesichter. [Read more…] about Weihnachten – Die wunderbare Kraft *Merry Christmas *
ein Lichtlein brennt.
Erst eins, dann zwei,
dann drei, dann vier,
dann steht das Christkind vor der Tür!”
… and tomorrow it’s finally here, the long awaited date, Christmas Eve!
We wish all our readers and patrons a peaceful and relaxing holiday. Enjoy this special time with your loved ones and dear friends.
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The tradition of Christmas Eve in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
Many countries around the world celebrate Christmas in different ways and on different days. In Germany, Austria and the German part of Switzerland it is custom to celebrate Christmas on the evening of December 24th, and many families end the holy night with the midnight mass at local churches. In contrary to the American Christmas Eve parties the celebration is one mostly with only the immediate family. The days of the 25th and 26th are the days to visit other relatives and close friends and celebrate with them as well.
December 24th is also often the day when the Christmas tree is festively decorated together with the whole family and some pay a last visit to the Christkindel markets, which close that afternoon until next year’s Christmas season.
Who will bring the presents to the children in Germany? Well, this depends if one is from the south or the north. The children in the north of Germany traditionally have the “Weihnachtsmann” similar to Father Christmas bring the gifts in the evening, whereas in the
south of Germany, and also in Austria, children are waiting for the “Christkind” (Christ Child) to bring them presents.
With this CaliforniaGermans wishes you all a wonderful Merry Christmas, Fröhliche Weihnachten, and a prosperous and happy New Year!
If you would like to know where you can find a German Christmas Eve church service in your neighborhood, please follow the link to the German Consulate.
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