Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas!

This is probably my last post on “Christmas Special” because from today 6 pm on I will be only lazy, sitting on the couch, eating all the time. I am already a little sad, because it was a lot of fun and I hope I can keep up the frequent blogging! 🙂

This post is about Christmas Eve in Germany. I would like to give you an impression of how it is – although my family is probably not the best example for typical German behaviour this day. Continue reading

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The Ghost of “Last Christmas” – 30 Years, 1 Song

Temperature outside: 7 degrees. Raining 4 days in a row, killed all my Christmas feeling…

There is a ghost wandering through Germany every year in december. A song that they play on the radio again and again, for 30 years now since 1984: “Last Chistmas” by Wham! No song divides Germany like this so it really should have a place in my little explanation of German Christmas customs. Themed: “Once bitten, twice shyed!” 🙂 Continue reading

Shoes out for Nikolaus!

Temperature outside: Plus 3 degrees. This way we won’t get snow soon, I guess.

Nikolaus shoe customNo shoes, no gifts. And as every child in Germany knows, St Nicholas (Nikolaus) will only put his gifts into clean shoes, so you better polish them quickly tonight! This is why the picture is monochrome, so you don’t see how dirty mine are. 🙂 St Nicholas Day is not exclusively a German custom, as the Saint Nicholas wasn’t German. Other than Santa Claus (who is actually a form of commercial St Nicholas invented in the USA) he really lived, about 300 AD in the region where today you’ll find the state of Turkey. He was the bishop of Myra and was known for charitable acts – miracles in Christian belief. Today he’s the bringer of gifts, traditionally: fruit, nuts and other healthy stuff, today: chocolate! Bad kids will nothing tomorrow, of course, except the birch. Yes, that’s what they tell us. Hope you all have been good this year! 😉