Learn more about how to learn about and celebrate Christmas in Germany with your kids!
Isn’t it fascinating to learn about how different countries and cultures celebrate the holidays?
Food, stories, and songs have their own special parts to a major event or celebration that is recognized worldwide. Join other homeschoolers and families as we discover traditions and customs for Christmas Around The World!
*This post is part of iHomeschool Network’s Christmas Around The World link-up. I have joined with other homeschool bloggers to bring you the information you need to help your homeschool rock this holiday season!
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Why We Love Learning about Christmas in Germany
When given the chance to pick which country to share about in this Christmas Around The World link-up, I chose Germany. My maternal great-grandmother’s (Nana Stella) family came from Germany. I’ve always been fascinated with learning about my family background and finding out more about the history of each country.
It was interesting to learn that some of our modern day Christmas traditions are said to originate in Germany.
The Christmas tree is believed to have its roots in German culture, possibly as early as 15th century. Martin Luther, a German Christian reformer, is credited with being the first to add lighted candles to a Christmas tree.
Many Christmas carols have German origins. “O Tannenbaum” and “Silent Night” are two popular carols. Check out these 8 Jolly German Christmas Songs To Boost Your Holiday Spirits.
So many wonderful activities, symbols, and events for your homeschool as you learn about Christmas in Germany! Let’s take a closer look at these five ways you can learn with your kids this holiday season.
Great Christmas Fun in Germany
Would you like to enjoy Christmas in Germany Fun with your kids? I put together simple plans and activities to learn about a German Christmas, without feeling stressed or like you’re adding one more thing to your holiday plate 😉
I know the holidays can be super busy and you need as simple as possible. With five boys, I know what holiday stress feels like!
To make sure your Christmas Around the World Fun wasn’t overwhelming or impractical, I used and tweaked these plans and activities last year with my boys (ages 5-16).
The Christmas Fun in German plans and activities include:
- Fun Facts about Christmas in Germany
- Learn a German Christmas Greeting
- Select German Christmas music video links and sites for you to enjoy with your kids
- A super fun interactive game
- German Holiday Food Facts (and ideas for enjoying a tasty German holiday treat!)
- One page with colorful images of traditional German Holiday Food
- 5 coloring pages (with 2 images per page for total of 10 half-pages) to create a special Christmas in Germany keepsake book
Would you like to learn about more countries and how they celebrate Christmas?
Grab our Christmas Fun Around the World bundle. Learn about fun Christmas traditions in 8 countries PLUS get a bonus suggested materials checklist to make your prep work even easier!
The Christmas Fun Around the World Bundle is just $12. Yup, get 50% off! Hey, if you can’t get to all the countries this year, you’ll have plenty of Christmas learning fun activities to look forward to next year!
Please tag @rockyourhomeschool with pictures of how you’re using your Christmas Fun Around the World activities with your kids 🙂
5 Fun Ways To Learn About Christmas In Germany
Many German cookies, breads, and sweets are connected with Christmas. Lebkuchen and Pfeffernusse cookies are special treats that are often enjoyed around this time of year. German Christmas Stollen is delicious and would be fun to make with kids. Sweets, like marzipan pigs and gingerbread houses, combine interesting symbols with stories for hands-on learning fun.
My boys and I made our own pickle ornament to use this year. Here is a free printable pack to get you started on making your own Christmas Pickle Ornament for a fun family tradition (and make more to give to friends!). Includes two pages with tags to add to your ornament plus Christmas-themed hats if you want to decorate it.
Just click on the image below for a free instant download.
3. St. Nicholas
St. Nicholas Eve (December 5) and Day (December 6) are important times in Germany. St. Nicholas is said to ride around the countryside on a white horse. He knows if kids have been naughty or nice.
Kids put their shoes out for St. Nicholas to fill with goodies. If a child has been naughty, it is said that they will get switches!
To find out more about St. Nicholas, we read and recommend The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving, St. Nicholas the Wonder Worker, and The Legend of St. Nicholas.
Dianna at The Kennedy Adventures has this fabulous free printable Catholic Saints Study: Saint Nicholas and ideas for St. Nicholas Crafts for Children.
My boys and I love to find books on topics that we are learning about and exploring. We enjoyed Christmas in Today’s Germany from our local library. Christmas Around the World and A Christmas Celebration: Traditions and Customs From Around the World were fabulous resources for our studies and activities. These books inspired my boys to do more research online and talk about their findings.
I highly encourage you to pop on over to Table Life Blog where Emily shares Christmas Around The World In 100 Books.
5. Printables for Christmas in Germany & More!
I was thrilled to find so many awesome free printables to help us learn and celebrate Christmas Around The World! Check these resources out:
Free Christmas Around The World Unity Study (Free Homeschool Deals)
And if you’d like to add more easy Christmas fun to your homeschool, you’ll love: