Christmas Eve Traditions


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Celebrating Christmas in Germany has a clear advantage: the presents come first. Compared to other countries, the Germans are early with their gift-giving. Here the presents are under the tree already on December 24, which is known as “Heiligabend”. Children (big and small) in other countries have to be more patient. In many countries, the presents come down the chimney only in the wee hours of December 25. In the countries of the former Soviet Union, Grandfather Frost brings his sack full of goodies on December 31, while in Spain and Latin America children must wait until January 6.

Another advantage: the 24th in Germany is for most a “silent workday” on which they work only in the morning, if at all. In Germany, the Christmas holiday thus lasts a full three days. Plenty of time for a festive, peaceful time with your family.

We hope you enjoyed our Advent Calendar. Best wishes from the German Missions in Brasilia, London, Moscow, Paris & Washington.

We will start unpacking our presents now, Merry Christmas!

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