Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

A German Christmas

“Christmas starts early in Germany. On the night of December 5th-6th, Nikolaustag, St. Nicholas Day, children leave their shoes or boots outside the front door.

That night, Santa Claus, Nikolaus, visits and fills them with chocolates, oranges and nuts if they’ve been good. Nikolaus also has a sidekick, in the form of his servant Knecht Ruprecht, who leaves bundles of twigs in the shoes if the children have been naughty and are listed in his ‘black book’.

In some parts of the country, it’s believed the Christ Child, das Christkind sends a messenger on Christmas Eve, an angel in a white robe and crown, bearing gifts. There’s also a figure called der Weihnachtsmann, who looks like Santa Claus and also brings presents.”

Read more @ http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/christmas/german/

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