Christmas in Germany – Barbara from Haus Design

Hope you enjoy hearing a bit about Germany’s Christmas traditions today.  My sister lived there with her family for four years a while ago and I have a friend, Toby, who is from Germany.  Not to mention, most of my ethnic heritage is German.  So, I’m excited to hear what Barbara has to say!  She has traveled the world, having been to over 40 countries.  Take it away, Barbara!

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Hi Everyone! I’m Barbara from HausDesign and I’m so happy to be here today, covering while Kristy is knee deep in her move.  Kristy is a relatively new blogging friend but from the moment I discovered her blog I admired her style and the way she writes…so I was hooked right away!

I offered to write a little about what Christmas is like in Germany since some of you may not be familiar with it.  Christmas is huge in Germany, but not in a commercial way; rather it is steeped in traditional & simple celebrations along with nature-based decor that I really love and admire…

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The lead up to Christmas involves lighting four candles in a sequence of four weeks for “Advents Saison”.  These are beautiful wreaths sitting on top of a table in people’s homes usually decorated with cloves and other seasonal items.  The red and white mushroom is a symbol of good luck:

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Children count down the days until the “Christkind” comes to bring them gifts on Christmas Eve with an Advents Calendar:

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St. Nikolaus (sound familiar?) comes on December 6.  The night before, children leave a shoe (no not wooden ones :)) outside in the snow.  When they wake up in the morning he has left behind a small gift, some oranges, chocolate coins and nuts.

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Cookies aren’t usually part of the culture here, except at Christmas, when a large variety (and quantity!) of cookies are baked by the family and given as gifts to friends:

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Christmas in Germany wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Christmas Markets.  Usually by December it is snowing so visitors drink gluhwein, a spiced mulled cider, to keep warm!  Munich has many beautiful markets – this one is in the main city square:

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I thought it would be fun to include a few pictures of interiors that represent the beauty of Germany’s take on a natural Christmas:

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I hope you enjoyed this little trip to Germany!  Please stop by and say hello if you have a minute.  :)

Thanks for having me Kristy and best of luck in Texas!

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Thank you so much for sharing with us!

kristysig

10 Comments :

  1. Wow what a beautiful post. Christmas in Germany sounds like pure magic…and those Christmas markets sounds like its worth planning a trip there, the way you described it sounds HEAVENLY!! Many of the traditions sound somewhat simliar to our own….it is such a universally beauitful holiday.
    Thank you both.

  2. I love all these European Christmas traditions! You’ve definitely captured the spirit!! The use of natural inspiration in these shots is just beautiful!! Lucky you Barbara that you will be enjoying such beauty soon!!

  3. Barbara, that was a beautiful post. I love the simplicity of the decor and the beauty. So many people have forgotten the real meaning of Christmas. It is not about the stuff we buy, but about the child that was born and to celebrate our relationships with family and friends.

  4. Hi Kristy, I just came from Barbara’s blog. I love your blog! Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas–what a way to start the season with this super post. Mary

  5. Victoria Athens

    Such beautiful images, just in time for Christmas decorating inspiration.
    Best…Victoria

  6. Over from Barbara’s blog….great guestpost. SO happy to be here and following,
    Stacy

  7. We lived in Germany for four years and there is nothing like the Christmas season! I remember some things a little differently but we lived in the very southern part so maybe that’s why. Thanks for the remembrance.

  8. I so enjoyed reading this post! Tradition is such a beautiful thing, and it looks like German traditions of celebrating Christmas focus on what is most important. Lucky you to experience it, Barbara!
    Camille

  9. Hi Kristy,
    Sorry to be posting a comment so late – I tried several times since Friday and always got weird error messages! Anyway, I hope your readers enjoyed the post and thanks for having me! :)

  10. Visiting from Barbara’s blog! I love this post, my parents are both from Germany so luckily I grew up with some of the German traditions! I have always wanted to visit a German Christkindlmarkt! Thanks for sharing!

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