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5 Fun Ways To Learn About Christmas In Germany


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.

Let’s discover traditions and customs for Christmas in Germany and how you can enjoy some special activities with your kids.

Enjoy Christmas Fun in Germany with your kids using these amazing ideas & resources.

 

Why Our Family Loves Learning about Christmas in Germany

When putting together our Christmas Fun Around the World studies, I first 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 (and Christmas eve) traditions are said to originate in Germany.

Gingerbread house on red table and German Christmas food display with stollen & gingergread and Christmas Fun in German cover

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!

You can explore things like Christmas markets (like the top-rated one in Nuremberg), Advent wreath, Christmas presents (or gifts), and more.

Let’s take a closer look at these five ways you can learn with your kids this holiday season.

Enjoy learning with your kids about Christmas in Germany with these fun ideas. Great for ways to keep the learning fun going around the holidays.

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 (like das Christkind (Christ child), der Weihnachtsmann (Santa Claus or Father Christmas), Sternsinger (star singers), Krampus, Epihpany on January 6, and more)
  • 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

Click here to check out Christmas Fun in Germany with your kids. This pack of plans and activities is only $3!

Enjoy holiday learning fun with your kids using these plans & activities for Christmas Fun in Germany.

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!

Have Christmas Fun Around the World with your kids using these amazing plans & activities.

Please tag @rockyourhomeschool with pictures of how you’re using your Christmas Fun Around the World activities with your kids 🙂

Have some easy holiday fun with kids with these 5 ways to learn about Christmas in Germany.

5 Fun Ways To Learn About Christmas In Germany

1. Baking

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. Oh, and of course – yummy chocolates!

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2. Crafts

Advent calendars with pop-up windows are popular traditions in Germany.

The German Star is a popular origami-like craft for the Christmas season. Here’s a video that shows how to make one:

Another fun tradition commonly associated with Germany at Christmas time is the pickle ornament. This legend appears to be a myth as far as its relation to Germany, but it’s still fun!

My boys and I made our own pickle ornament to use this year. Here’s 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 TAP HERE on the image below to subscribe to Rock Your Homeschool and get your free set!

Enjoy special Christmas in Germany fun with this free pack featuring the Christmas Pickle Legend.

If you want to add some pizazz to your Christmas pickle decorations, consider using materials like felt or craft foam. Googly eyes and glitter will make this craft memorable for years to come!

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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 and small gifts. 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.

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Stollen and other German Christmas decorations to feature how you can enjoy amazing holiday activities & more with these 5 fun ways to learn about Christmas in Germany

4. Books

My boys and I love to find books on topics that we are learning about and exploring.

We had a blast reading and chatting about 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.

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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 eBook:  Christmas Around The World (Instant Download)

Christmas In Germany Ideas For The Classroom

Free Christmas Around The World Unit Study

Free Christmas Around The World Unity Study (Free Homeschool Deals)

Christmas Around the World: Map Activity {w/free printable!}

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gingerbread ornament with Christmas tree & lights in background plus German flag

Follow my Christmas-inspired Pinterest boards for more resources & learning fun!

Christmas Around the World

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Stollen and presents under Christmas tree with Christmas Fun Around the World Germany printable page and German Christmas paper stars with lights and plate of German Christmas cookies

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