We wish all our readers happy holidays and a merry Christmas, and if you're not celebrating Christmas, we wish you a good time anyway.
The girls are now old enough to take note of what is going on, so this year I've been thinking about our Christmas traditions.
In Germany, Christmas is celebrated on the evening of December 24th, the "holy night", with presents being deposited below the tree and opened either before or after dinner. A very common dinner on Christmas here is goose with red cabbage and dumplings. The presents are attributed not to Santa Claus but to the "Christuskind" (Christ child), usually depicted as a little angel. (I recall being quite confused as to whether its a boy or a girl.) Saint Claus' (Nikolaus) day on the other hand is in Germany not Christmas but December 6th. He delivers his goodies into boots that you place in front of the door over night. However, Saint Nikolaus comes with a dark brother, Knecht Ruprecht, who will slap the kids if they haven't been nice.
So tell me something about your Christmas tradition and how you celebrate!