St. Nicholas In Germany the 6th December, St. Nicholas Day, known here as "Nikolaustag". On the night of 5th December (St. Nicholas Eve) children put their shoe or boot outside the door, The traditIons said that St. Nicholas fills the shoes of all good kids with delicious treats and places twigs in the shoes of all naughty children.
Christmas tree is decorated on Christmas Eve, prior to the evening feast. The father usually keeps the children in a separate room while the mother brings out the Christmas tree from a hidden place and decorates it with apples, candy, nuts, cookies, cars, trains, angels, tinsel, family treasures and candles or lights. The gifts are kept under the tree. The decorations finished, a bell is rung as a signal for the children to enter the room.
At Christmas the weather is very cold, snowy often, many villages and houses are isolated and people gather near the fireplace next to tree listening to Christmas carols.
The Christmas Eve dinner menu traditionally comprises of delicious dishes such as suckling pig, white sausage, macaroni salad, "reisbrei" (a sweet cinnamon) and many regional dishes.
The feasting continues on Christmas Day with a banquet being held on this day. Traditional Christmas dishes consist of plump roast goose, "Christstollen" (long bread loaves stuffed with nuts, raisins, citron and dried fruit), "Lebkuchen" (spice bars).
Music for Christmas
Christmas is a time for singing and music making. There is a constant mention at Christmas of the mysterious sounds of bells and other musical instruments, present in all households.. The most famous of all German language Christmas songs , "Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht! (noche de paz) .