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A German Christmas Guide

Christmas in German-Speaking Europe

A guide to all of our German Christmas pages
Weihnachten in Austria, Germany, Switzerland

Christmas Guide > Intro > Countdown Calendar > Glossary

Christmas graphics courtesy Brigitte Haag

Advent and Christmas
An article about the four-week Advent period and the key dates for Christmas customs in Germany - with related vocabulary.

Christmas Word Search
German vocabulary

Our special Advent calendar with a new Christmas history fact for every day leading up to Weihnachten.

Berlin Christmas marketBerlin's Gendarmenmarkt
Christmas market

Larger view
Foto © H. Flippo

Christmas Carols
Enjoy both the German and English versions of Austrian and German Christmas carols - side by side. Many include information about their origins.

Christmas Lights in Germany: Weihnachtshäuser
Germany has adopted the American Christmas lights and decorating tradition for private homes.

Christmas Photos New
Enjoy these views of Christmas in Germany, including a 2007 Berlin Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt).

A German Christmas
Our feature on German Christmas customs and related vocabulary.

Als der Nikolaus kam
German author Erich Kästner translated "The Night Before Christmas" into German in 1947.

Annotated Christmas Glossary
An English-German glossary of Christmas vocabulary and expressions that also explains the origin of many traditions.

Barbara: The Name, the Legend
Her name day is December 4th. On that day many Austrians and Germans carry out an interesting pre-Christmas custom related to the legend of die heilige Barbara.

German Christmas Greetings New
The many ways to wish someone a "Merry Christmas" -- in German! Beyond "Frohe Weihnachten!" What to write on your German Christmas cards or in letters.

German Christmas Ornaments
Besides the Christmas tree itself, Germany has also contributed some the tree decorations.

German Myth 5: Donner and Blitzen
How did Santa's reindeer get their names? And who are "Donder" and "Blixem"?

German Myth 11: The Christmas Pickle
Is the glass pickle ornament really a German Christmas tradition?

The Many German St. Nicks
From Ascheklas to Zwarte Pitt. Who ARE those guys? More about a German Christmas!

Die Bibel - Weihnachten
The Bible and Christmas. Scriptures (in German and English) related to the Christmas story.

Christmas Links in German
Our Christmas links page has links to German-language sites (and a few in English).

Christmas Word Search
A fun online Java word search for German Christmas vocabulary, based on our Annotated Christmas Glossary.

Dinner for One
About an unusual German New Year's Eve television tradition.

German Christmas Recipes
A collection of recipes for delicious Christmas goodies!

Christmas E-Cards in German
An assortment of free digital Weihnachtskarten.

German Christmas Greetings
Suggested German Christmas greetings for your cards.

A special Advent calendar with daily Christmas facts! Starts on December 1.

How do Germans ring in a new year? With an English-German glossary.

Christmas in Europe
How do other Europeans celebrate Christmas? From Europe for Visitors Guide James Martin.


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