German Christmas customs

- Aug 27, 2019-

German Christmas customs


    (1)The bustle of the Christmas market: Even in the late middle ages, people flocked to Christmas markets around the time of Christmas.Only, instead of going there for mulled wine, people were shopping for food for the cold season.Later, artisans, toy makers and pastry chefs were allowed to sell their wares there.


    (2)The tree that swept the world: She wrapped her branches around the gift of the Christ child.Christmas firs were at first the preserve of the rich.It was only as more and more fir and oak trees were planted in the 19th century that more and more families were able to get a tree.Later, this custom spread all over the world from Germany.


    (3)Sacred gift: On Christmas Eve, children eagerly await the "Bescherung."The word comes from the medieval high German word beschern, which means "distribution by god" (zuteilen von Gott).The background to this custom is the idea that the Christmas gift is a gift from god as a gift to Christ, the Christ child.