St. Nicholas Tradition: Sankt Nikolaus. In some areas of Germany, children also write letters to Christindl, the Christ Child, who they believe brings them gifts as well.
Highlighted Custom: Tannenbaum (Christmas Tree)
Maybe you could spend a quiet afternoon baking gingerbread cookies with your child and reading Jan Brett's fun Gingerbread Baby.
"I am the Gingerbread Baby,
What about gingerbread houses?
|Make your own! [source]|
-"HOLIDAY TRADITION WITH SPICY HISTORY," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 9, 2001, METRO, Pg.N-9
What about St. Nicholas?
What about O Tannenbaum?
The Christmas tree, may also have originated in Germany. This custom is again attributed to Martin Luther, who is said to have decorated a fir tree with candles and brought it into his house. He said the candles symbolized the light of Christ.
Decorations have changed over the years. Branches once hung with paper roses, cookies and fruit are now laden with beautiful glass ornaments, wooden hand-carved and painted angels, straw stars, and lebkuchen baked in different shapes. Handcrafted ornaments from Germany are treasured around the world!
There are many beautiful picture books about the Nutcracker Ballet, bu my favorite is by Susan Jeffers. (click here to read my post)
Information about St. Nicholas found at: www.stnicholascenter.org