Weihnachten

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Weihnachten is the observance of what is commonly known in English as Christmas Eve in the German-speaking countries like Germany, Austria and Switzerland.wikipedia
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Weihnachten is the observance of what is commonly known in English as Christmas Eve in the German-speaking countries like Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Germany is well known for such folk festival traditions as Oktoberfest and Christmas customs, which include Advent wreaths, Christmas pageants, Christmas trees, Stollen cakes, and other practices.

Stollen

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Famous Christmastime treats include Lebkuchen (gingerbread), Stollen (fruit cake), Speculaas and marzipan (confectionery often made into sweets).
It is a traditional German bread eaten during the Christmas season, when it is called Weihnachtsstollen (after "Weihnachten", the German word for Christmas) or Christstollen (after Christ).

German Americans

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It is also widespread in countries with a German-speaking minority, such as Transylvania in Romania, South Tyrol in Italy, Eupen in Belgium, and various diasporas such as the German Brazilian and German American communities.
German settlers brought the Christmas tree custom and other German Christmas traditions to the United States.

Nativity play

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Families with children go to a children's mass which is usually shorter and dramatised with a Krippenspiel, which is a nativity play.
In Germany, the Weihnachten services on Christmas Eve include a children's mass called Weihnachtsgeschichte, which features a Krippenspiel ("crib play").

Skirmish of the Berlin Schloss

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Weihnachtsaufstand
The Skirmish of the Berlin Schloss (German: Weihnachtskämpfe or Weihnachtsaufstand i.e. Christmas eve struggle or rebellion ) was a small skirmish between the socialist revolutionary Volksmarinedivision and regular German army units on 24 December 1918 during the German Revolution of 1918–19.

Christmas in Nazi Germany

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Christmas in Nazi Germany
Weihnachten

Christmas Eve

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Weihnachten is the observance of what is commonly known in English as Christmas Eve in the German-speaking countries like Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

German language

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Weihnachten is the observance of what is commonly known in English as Christmas Eve in the German-speaking countries like Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Austria

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Weihnachten is the observance of what is commonly known in English as Christmas Eve in the German-speaking countries like Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Switzerland

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Weihnachten is the observance of what is commonly known in English as Christmas Eve in the German-speaking countries like Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Transylvania

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It is also widespread in countries with a German-speaking minority, such as Transylvania in Romania, South Tyrol in Italy, Eupen in Belgium, and various diasporas such as the German Brazilian and German American communities.

South Tyrol

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It is also widespread in countries with a German-speaking minority, such as Transylvania in Romania, South Tyrol in Italy, Eupen in Belgium, and various diasporas such as the German Brazilian and German American communities.

German-speaking Community of Belgium

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It is also widespread in countries with a German-speaking minority, such as Transylvania in Romania, South Tyrol in Italy, Eupen in Belgium, and various diasporas such as the German Brazilian and German American communities.

German Brazilians

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It is also widespread in countries with a German-speaking minority, such as Transylvania in Romania, South Tyrol in Italy, Eupen in Belgium, and various diasporas such as the German Brazilian and German American communities.

Advent

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Traditions of Weihnachten influenced Christmas and Advent culture throughout the world.

Christkind

Christ-childChristchindliKrishkinkle
This is a time of religious preparation for the arrival of das Christkind (the Christ Child).

Advent wreath

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Traditional advent activities include the Adventskranz (Advent wreath), which is set up on the 4th Sunday before Christmas Day, the beginning of the season.

Advent calendar

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Children also enjoy the advent calendar, which contains twenty-four doors (one for each day of December leading up to Christmas).

Saint Nicholas

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A significant part of the Christmas build-up occurs on 6 December, when it is Nikolaustag, a day commemorating Saint Nicholas.

Swiss German

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In Switzerland, on the evening of 6 December an empty small bag is placed in front of the door and some minutes or hours later the Samichlaus (Swiss German for Nikolaus) with his companion Schmutzli fills the bag and enters the house.

Christmas market

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During the Christmas period, the Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) becomes a feature of almost every city, town, or village in the German-speaking countries, where visitors enjoy stalls, entertainment, and savour food and Glühwein (mulled wine).

Mulled wine

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During the Christmas period, the Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) becomes a feature of almost every city, town, or village in the German-speaking countries, where visitors enjoy stalls, entertainment, and savour food and Glühwein (mulled wine).

Lebkuchen

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Famous Christmastime treats include Lebkuchen (gingerbread), Stollen (fruit cake), Speculaas and marzipan (confectionery often made into sweets).

Speculaas

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Famous Christmastime treats include Lebkuchen (gingerbread), Stollen (fruit cake), Speculaas and marzipan (confectionery often made into sweets).

Marzipan

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Famous Christmastime treats include Lebkuchen (gingerbread), Stollen (fruit cake), Speculaas and marzipan (confectionery often made into sweets).