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In Germany, the three Thursdays before Christmas were traditionally known as Knocking Nights. What did children do on those nights?
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On a Knocking night or Klopfelanchten (another name for the night), children wearing masks go to house to house banging lids and clanging cowbells in their neighborhood.
It is similar to our Halloween, because the children dress up in frightening masks and receive sweets, coins and fruit. The children have to recite a rhyme at the door before they are given anything.
Frohe Weihnachten und alles Gute im Neuen Jahr
'Frohliche Weihnachten' is Merry Christmas in German.

Germany is famous for its Christmas Markets. Early in December, the oldest and most famous market, Nuremberg's Christkindlesmarkt (Christ Child Market) is opened. The stalls have red and white striped roofs and sell Christmas decoration, food, toys, and presents.

Set on the branches of the wreath are four candles: three purple candles and one pink candle. In the center of the wreath sits a white candle. As a whole, these candles represent the coming of the light of Christ into the world.

On the first Sunday of Advent, the first purple candle is lit. This candle is typically called the "Prophecy Candle" in remembrance of the prophets, primarily Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ. This candle represents hope or expectation in anticipation of the coming Messiah.

Each week on Sunday, an additional candle is lit. On the second Sunday of Advent, the second purple candle is lit. This candle typically represents love. Some traditions call this the "Bethlehem Candle," symbolizing Christ's manger.

On the third Sunday of Advent the pink, or rose-colored candle is lit. This pink candle is customarily called the "Shepherds Candle" and it represents joy.

The fourth and last purple candle, oftentimes called the "Angels Candle," represents peace and is lit on the fourth Sunday of Advent.

On Christmas Eve, the white center candle is traditionally lit. This candle is called the "Christ Candle" and represents the life of Christ that has come into the world. The color white represents purity. Christ is the sinless, spotless, pure Savior. Also, those who receive Christ as Savior are washed of their sins and made whiter than snow.

Celebrating with an Advent wreath during the weeks prior to Christmas is a great way forChristian families to keep Christ at the center of Christmas, and for parents to teach their children the true meaning of Christmas. 


December 6 is Nikolaustag, or St. Nicholas' Day. Before going to bed the evening before, children put their – freshly polished – shoes by the door or on the windowsill for St. Nicholas to fill with presents. Sometimes he comes to visit in person, wearing a long robe and carrying a tall, curved staff. If they have been good, the children receive sweets or chocolate. If they have been bad they receive slaps from St Nicholas companion, called “Knecht Ruprecht”

The traditional German Christmas decorations are prune men or prune women ( Quetschenmännchen ) and straw stars.
The Prune people are about 25cm tall. Their arms and legs are made out of prunes and their bodies are made of dried figs. Walnuts are used for the heads and faces are painted on. Clothes are made for the prune people too. The Germans say "You will never be without gold and happiness, if you have a prune person in your house."

December 21st, in Germany is known as St. Thomas Day. In some areas of Germany, whoever wakes up late or arrives late to work on that day is issued the title "Thomas Donkey." They are given a cardboard donkey and people make jokes about them.

Children in Germany write letters to the Christ Child, like we write letters to Father Christmas. They send the letters either by post or leave them on the windowsill for the Child Christ to collect.



Children open their Christmas presents on Heiligabend (Christmas Eve). On that day, while the children wait in another room, Father Christmas or the Christ Child (Christkind), as he is known in southern Germany, leaves presents under the Christmas tree (Tannenbaum) and lights the candles on it, ringing a bell to announce the arrival of Christmas. Everyone gathers to open presents, play music and sing carols.

For their Christmas Dinner, Germans eat Christmas goose (Weihnachtsgans) with potato balls (dumplings) and red cabbage.



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Snowman Waving From the Top of The World My vote is to have Christmas traditions all year round. You see at Christmas time most people at least the ones I have met, always change just a little for the better around Christmas. I do not know whether or not it is the great yuletide Christmas carols, the festive atmosphere everywhere you go, or just some hidden part in all of us that screams out,
(I BELIEVE IN MORE THAN WHAT I SEE AROUND ME.)
You see, somewhere deep down inside we all believe in something better than we now have or see, and most of us feel a lot better when we help someone. Whether the person is in need or not, this feeling is what I call the feeling of Christmas, and we all should strive to feel this way all year long.

The feeling of the Christmas holidays is truly all about family, friends and celebrating all things good.

The Lord's birthday is swiftly coming
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Adoration and harmony spreads worldwide
As we eagerly await the happy Yuletide.

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