Christmas vocabulary

Match the German word to the corresponding image:

der
Nikolaus
der
Schneeman
das
Geschenk
der
Weihnachtsbaum

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Der Nikolaus (Father Christmas/Santa Claus): On the evening of 5 December, German children shine their shoes and then leave them in front of their front doors or fireplaces. If they have been good, they’ll awake on 6 December to find their shoes stuffed full of sweets by "der Nikolaus". This is known as "der Nikolaustag" (Saint Nicholas Day).

der Schneemann (snowman) - The German word for snowman first appeared in a 1770 children’s songbook from Leipzig. Originally, a snowman was a frightful creature that symbolised winter. It was only in the 19th century that the snowman became a more round and jolly figure, which was roughly the same time when winters were perceived to be less threatening than they had once been.

das Geschenk (present) - In Germany, presents are exchanged on Christmas Eve (Heiligabend).

der Weihnachtsbaum (Christmas tree) - The Christmas tree is a standout German export success. The tradition dates back to the 16th century and spread to the United Kingdom in 1848 when Queen Victoria’s German husband Albert began transporting a tree from his hometown!

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