World Book’s Christmas in Today’s Germany is a richly illustrated, 80-page volume about Christmas traditions in Germany. The text and illustrations combine to show how people celebrate a favorite German holiday, from its roots in pagan rituals to its continued relevance in modern times.
Germany- The land where many Christmas customs began
What is Christmas in Germany? How does Germany celebrate Christmas? For German families, Christmas traditions and customs are particularly special, because many of them - including Christmas trees, Advent wreaths and calendars, and gingerbread houses - began in Germany centuries ago.
Christmas in Today’s Germany begins with a description of the many Christmas traditions that originated in Germany, including decorating a Christmas tree, singing Christmas carols, and making gingerbread houses and Advent wreaths. It also describes the time when Germany was divided into two countries—East Germany and West Germany—and East Germans were not allowed to celebrate Christmas. The book introduces the beloved figures of Saint Nicholas, Christkind, and the Weihnachtsmann (Christmas man), depicts how streets and homes are decorated, and describes the delectable foods families savor as part of the traditional German celebration of Christmas. From age-old ways of decorating the tree to shopping in outdoor Christmas markets and unique customs specific to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Christmas in Today’s Germany captures the spirit of the holiday in this central European nation. Also included are details about other German holidays that are celebrated at this time: St. Martin’s Day, St. Nicholas Day, St. Stephen’s Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and Epiphany.