Probably the largest holiday in German is the Christmas season. In Germany the Christmas season is a month full of celebrated days.
The Christmas season begins on the first Sunday after November 26th. The next four Sundays are known as advent Sundays.
On December 6th children place a shoe on their doorsteps. During the night St. Nicholas is supposed to come and give all of the good children candies and treats. And if they've been bad, their shoe is filled with twigs. (In some regions it's believed that if your bad a man dressed in all black, which is St. Nicholas' helper, will put you in a bag and leave you in the forest to find your own way home)
The Christmas tree originated in Germany. On Christmas Eve all of the children are distracted in another room while the tree is and decorated with candies, candles and lights. They place the Christmas presents underneath the tree and have candies, cookies, nuts, chocolates and other treats out on decorated plates. A bell then rings and is supposed to be the Christkind (a winged angel with a white robe) who brought all of the presents and set up the tree. The children can then come in just after the Chritskind has left.
In Germany there are two Christmas days (the 25th and the 26th) The first day of Christmas is a time to go to church and spend the day with the family. On the second day there is also a feast and it can be spent with friends.
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