Sunday, December 12, 2010

12 Days to go...

… until Christmas Eve! This is the day we celebrate Christmas here in Germany. On the day before Hermann and I will travel “home” to my family. Even though we are all grown up now and two of us four children are married (one with children of his own) and no longer living “at home”, we are still celebrating Christmas almost the same way as we did when we were kids. This is mostly owing to my father who still puts up the Christmas tree (which in Germany is usually not put up until Christmas Eve), decorates it and places the gifts in his living room. None of us is allowed to enter the room before the evening. In the evening we first visit the graves of late relatives and light candles there and then we return home. Our father goes into the living room and rings a bell, the same bell he rang when we were children and then we all enter the room. I enjoy celebrating Christmas this way, it brings back my childhood :)

3 comments:

Julie said...

That sounds like a wonderful tradition!!!! :)

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Bente said...

It sounds like a nice way of celebrating Christmas.

In Norway, most Norwegians decorate their Christmas tree at December 23rd, and after our Christmas dinner, at December 24th, we open our Christmas presents.

I wish you a very happy Christmas!

Hugs from Bente

Darylynn said...

Hi Barbara. It's nice to have traditions. In the US, we have our tree up much earlier in the month. Many families open gifts on Christmas Eve. We are a Christmas morning family. Enjoy the holidays! (((Hugz)))