It’s Christmas season, and while people in the UK, USA or Australia are waiting for Santa to slide down the chimney and deliver the presents, the Germans are once again one step ahead as they already celebrate Christmas on the evening of the 24th.

Santa should really do some exercise

In Germany the presents are not delivered by a fat, bearded guy who could never fit his huge round bum through the orifice above the fireplace, but by a tiny, shy, angel-like creature that comes in when your mum opens the door: the Christkind (Christ child) which basically is a flying baby Jesus.

Happy birthday baby Jesus

Isn’t is nice of baby Jesus that he gives you presents even though it is actually his birthday? Don’t ask me how he does it, flying over from Bethlehem and all, specifically for the German kids, but I guess you can read that up in the Bible.

Christmas when you were a kid

When you are a kid in Germany you probably have to wait in your room, while your mum lets the baby Jesus in to put the presents under the tree. After that she rings a bell to let you know you’re allowed to come and look. Most of the kids tried to get a peek at the Christkind but I never heard of one that succeeded…

In this spirit, we would like to wish you a merry Christmas – Frohe Weihnachten and all the best for 2016.


Featured Image Credit: “Mittelalterlicher Weihnachtsmarkt” by Torsten Maue is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Written by Tom

Day-time engineer (of course!), free-time vinyl-nudger and uber-organised model citizen. When living together with Julia, we never thought we could be good examples.

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