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Christmas time is a big deal in Germany. To more fully experience Christmas, you can learn some German words related to the holiday.
General German Christmas Vocabulary:
Christkind – the Christ Child
Frohe Weihnachten – Merry Christmas
Geshenke – presents
Heiliger Abend – Holy Night, or 24th December
Nikolaus – St. Nicholas, who brings small gifts on 6 December
Räuchermann – literally “smoking man,” a wooden sculpture that is used to burn incense and looks as if he’s smoking
Weihnachten – Christmas
Weihnachtskugeln – Christmas ornaments
Weihnachtslieder – Christmas carols
Weihnachtsmann – Santa Claus
Weihnachtspyramide – Christmas pyramid, a traditional decoration that often uses heat from candles to turn the figures on it
Weihnachtsmarkt or Christkindlmarkt – Christmas market; the name depends on the area, but both mean the same.
Food Often Found at the Christmas Markets:
Bratwurst – pan fried or roasted sausage
Eierpunsch – a hot, egg-based alcoholic drink, similar to eggnog
Dampfnudeln – steamed buns often served with vanilla or cherry sauce
Feuerzangenbowle – literally: “Fire + tongs + bowl;” but in actuality: “fire +alcohol = oh my!” Rum-soaked sugar is set on fire then drips into mulled wine.
Glühwein – mulled wine
Heiße Schokolade – hot chocolate
Kinderpunsch – like Glühwein but for kids, minus the alcohol, of course!
Mandeln – almonds; these are often roasted and coated in sugar
Maronen – (roasted) chestnuts.
Mit Schuss – watch out for this one! You can add a shot of alcohol to many of your drinks.
Plätzchen – cookies