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Heiligabend

Heiligabend is 24th December, known in English as Christmas Eve.

On this day most businesses and shops close around lunchtime and people start to prepare for the evening.

Many families still decorate their Christmas trees in the afternoon. Traditionally the children are not allowed in the room when this happens. Then the Christkind comes before the children return and brings the Christmas presents.

The main Christmas meal is eaten later in the evening with many families going to Church beforehand.

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11 Responses to “Heiligabend”

  1. Graham Says:

    In the podcast, Maria says the the “Weihnachtsmann” is a result of the influence of the media from abroad. I have since been told that the “Christkind” figure is mainly to be found in the southern half of Germany, and that the northern half do talk about the “Weihnachtsmann” instead.

    So what role does the “Weihnachtsmann” have in German folklore? Which of them do you or your children believe in?

  2. Pension Sprachschule Maria Shipley » Blog Archive » Weihnachten Says:

    […] Unlike many English-speaking countries, presents are not exchanged on these days, as this happens on Heiligabend. […]

  3. German Words Explained » Blog Archive » Weihnachten Says:

    […] « Heiligabend […]

  4. AllThingsGerman.net » Blog Archive » Weihnachten Says:

    […] Unlike many English-speaking countries, presents are not exchanged on these days, as this happens on Heiligabend. […]

  5. Cymeradwyo.de » Blog Archive » Der Weihnachtswahnsinn ab September… Says:

    […] unser Zeitgef√ľhl, denn die Leute haben dann das Gef√ľhl es sind nur noch 3-4 Monate bis Heiligabend und nicht das Gef√ľhl, dass es eigentlich noch lange hin ist. Aber es ist wahrscheinlich wie mit […]

  6. German Words Explained » Blog Archive » Christkind Says:

    […] Christkind is a figure in Germany that brings presents to the children on Christmas Eve, especially in southern parts of the […]

  7. Pension Sprachschule Maria Shipley » Blog Archive » Christkind Says:

    […] Christkind is a figure in Germany that brings presents to the children on Christmas Eve, especially in southern parts of the […]

  8. Bill Bartmann Says:

    Great site…keep up the good work.

  9. German Words Explained» Blog Archive » Der Weihnachtsmann Says:

    […] In some parts of Germany, mainly in the North, he is said to bring the presents to the children on Christmas Eve. In much of Germany and especially in the South this is the job of the […]

  10. Pension Sprachschule Maria Shipley » Blog Archive » Der Weihnachtsmann Says:

    […] In some parts of Germany, mainly in the North, he is said to bring the presents to the children on Christmas Eve. In much of Germany and especially in the South this is the job of the […]

  11. AllThingsGerman.net» Blog Archive » Der Weihnachtsmann Says:

    […] In some parts of Germany, mainly in the North, he is said to bring the presents to the children on Christmas Eve. In much of Germany and especially in the South this is the job of the […]

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