Chocolate German Advent Calendar:
The first thing you will need to celebrate a German Christmas is a chocolate advent calendar. A chocolate advent calendar is sure to help those German children and adults alike count down the days till Christmas with tiny treats or gifts to be opened each day. No German household would be without one of these. A chocolate advent calender has become so popular they can be found in almost any grocery and drug store for under $5.00. The first chocolate advent calendar was created in Germany over 100 years ago.
Classic German Christmas Music:
Stille Nacht (Silent Night) is a classic German song although it originated in Austria.
Kling, Glöckchen, klingelingeling, is an adorable song that children love to sing.
O Tannenbaum, Just like in the United States, this German Christmas Tree Song is loved in Germany.
Christmas Eve in Germany:
In Germany, Christmas is actually celebrated on Christmas Eve and not on Christmas Day as it is generally celebrated in the United States. This makes the Santa issue a little more complicated. Especially since Santa actually “appears” on December 6th which is when St. Nicholas’s day is celebrated.
One of the most famous of all German Christmas decorations is the nutcracker. A German home would simply not be complete without one of these whimsical ornamental German nutcrackers during the holiday season.
Traditional German Desserts for Christmas Season:
1. Lebkuken, a soft gingerbread type cookie with nuts and icing. Lebkuken is difficult to find in the United States and may be found in German specialty shops and some German butcher shops.
2. Lindzer Tart Cookies, are two cookies sandwiched together with raspberry jam in the middle and dusted with powdered sugar. There is usually a cut out on the top cookie so the raspberry jam in the middle is visible. These are very popular German cookies in the United States and can be found in most bakeries.
3. German Christmas Stollen, is the German version of the American fruit cake. Germans typically only have this dessert during the Christmas season. It usually has dried fruit and nuts inside and is powdered with sugar. This German cake is actually baked with yeast which makes this cake a little different than most cakes.
German Christmas Tree Game:
Hide the pickle. While the game’s name sounds silly, this game is fun for families. The first to find the pickle ornament on the tree wins a prize. Originally, the pickle ornament was a real pickle but modern Germans and Americans have changed that.