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5 Christmas Traditions From Germany To Try This Holiday Season


Every country has its own Christmas traditions. Germany’s traditions take the holiday to another level. Why not incorporate a few German festivities into your celebrations? With customs such as drinking, gorging on chocolate, and making mountains of cookies, you’ll definitely be full of Christmas spirit—along with glow wine, chocolate, and Pfeffernüsse, of course.

Celebration Sundays

Plenty of Germans get into the holiday spirit during the four Sundays before Christmas Day. Known as the Advent Sundays, they’re often a time of spiritual reflection. However, they’re also the perfect occasions to get together with the fam, eat delicious German foods, and watch all the best Christmas movies.

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Christmas Market Crash

It’s a bit difficult to find a Christmas Market stateside, but they’re becoming more popular. It’s worthwhile to look for a local one so that you can participate in the time-tested German traditional of guzzling Glühwein—aka glow wine, the favored Christmas beverage of one Dwight Schrute—and grubbing on savory holiday treats.

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Advent Everyday

Advent calendars began in Germany. You may already incorporate this tradition into your holiday celebrations. If you haven’t yet, you ought to get on it. Advent calendars track the lead-up to Christmas. Each day, you open up a small drawer or door. There’s a bit of chocolate waiting for you, and sometimes a parable, verse, or funny phrase, depending on what kind of calendar you have.

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OG St. Nick

St. Nikolaus is the OG Santa. Nicholas is a genuine saint and serves as the model for modern day Santa Claus. He’s a better deal, honestly. Ditch Santa and those old stockings. Put a boot outside your door on Christmas Eve instead. Nick’ll hook you up on Christmas morning. Remember: the bigger the boot, the more presents you get.

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Christmas Cookie Craze

Germans adore baking cookies for the holidays. It’s an activity you can do with the family during those Advent Sundays. Variety is everything. In fact, why not collect recipes for German Christmas cookies? Experiment with new flavors and textures instead of the same old thing. You ain’t had a cookie until you’ve tried Plätzchen.

Are you ready to have a German Christmas? Fröhliche Weihnachten!

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