The very first Christmas trees were decorated in Germany. The Germans think of the Christmas tree as their symbol of Christmas.
Legend says that the German people believed that evergreens and light kept away bad spirits. So every year for the 12 days of Christmas, the German people put candles on an evergreen tree to keep away harm.
Another legend says that a German preacher named Martin Luther was walking in the forest one night and thought that the stars shining on the trees were beautiful. So he cut down the tree and covered it in candles to show the beauty of the stars on the trees.
Pickle ornaments were considered a special decoration by many families in Germany where the tree was decorated on Christmas Eve by the parents. It was always the last ornament to be hung on the Christmas tree, with the parents hiding it among the green branches. When the children were allowed to see the tree they would search excitedly for the pickle ornament. The children knew that whoever found the pickle ornament first would receive an extra gift left by St. Nicholas.
Many Germans celebrate the Christmas season at the Christmas markets. People can shop for toys, food, and decorations. While shopping, Germans can enjoy listening to Christmas music and watching plays and puppet shows.
Marzipan – Candy made from roasted almonds and sugar.
O Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! How lovely are thy branches. O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! How lovely are thy branches; Not only green when summer’s here, But it the coldest time of year. O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! How lovely are thy branches!