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A German Christsmas

The german people decorated homes with evergreens and fruit and paper roses.Since it was around the shortest day of the year, the lighting of candles , the green tree and the fruit on the tree was a remembrance of the spring and summer when every thing was light and green. Through the centuries, in Germany there where at least 3'Weihnachtsmänner'. The first was Vater Thor, he was an old man with a long white beard, dressed in red . He road thru the skis in a gold chariots pulled by two white goats. St. Nicholas ,a 4 th Century bishop of Myra Asia ,was known for his miracles and generosity ,became a Saint to children. His helper is Knecht Ruprecht. Nicholas day is celebrated on the 6. of Dec. The children set their shoe in front of the door in the evening od Dec.5. and hoping St. Nicholas brings them something sweet to eat. But if they where bad children they may get a switch. The Christkind is a young girl wearing a golden crown. She was a messenger from the Christ Child and personified the idea of giving gifts. This tradition happened in some areas around the same time that much of Germany separated from the Roman Catholic Church. In more the southern part of Germany ,the three Thursday evenings before Christmas are knocking nights. The children going from house to house saying rhymes beginning with the word' knock'. The children crack whips,ring cowbells to drive away evil spirits. Green and red are always has been the classic christmas colors. Red is for christen people who spilled the blood of Jesus Christ. Green is the color of his faith fullness to the people. The old rules of christmas lives on. When the table on Christmas is decorated with green branches from the fir tree, red apples and golden stars.

Komm, Herr Jesus, und sei unser Gast und segne was du uns gescheret hast.

Come, Jesus christ, be our guest and bless what you have bestowed up on us.

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