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Christmas Celebrations in Germany

In Germany, Christmas is celebrated in a different way than the rest of the world. The Germans follow the Advent calendar. The period from December 1 to December 24 is known as the advent. An Advent wreath is made four Sundays before Yuletide. This is made of pine branches and four colored candles. Each Sunday, one candle on the wreath is lighted till the Yule.

Christmas Markets
Germany is famous for markets that are specially set up at this time of the year. The markets have become an indispensable part of Noel celebrations. Many towns in Germany have special shopping areas known as Christkindlesmarkt or Christ Child Market. Here, you will get German themed gifts, food and other decorations. The most ancient market of this country is the Nuremburg Christ Child Market, whose origin can be traced back to 1628.

Christmas Tree
The tradition of decorating the Christmas tree started in Germany. It is a popular belief that the tree represented the tree of paradise or Garden of Eden.  As per certain sources, the first decoration of the Yule tree was in Strasbourg in 1605. The first tree was decorated with edible things like nuts, fruit, candy, angels, cookies, etc.

Tradition of Presents
Children in this country write letters to the Christ Child for presents. Another tradition is to leave shoes outside the door of the house on the night of December 5th, one day before St. Nicholas Day. It is believed that St. Nicholas will come and leave gifts in the shoes for the kids.