Christmastime in Germany is truly a fairytale experience. And many of the classic holiday traditions began in Germany.
Tannenbaum: Christmas Tree
The first Christmas tree, Tannenbaum, was produced in Germany. On Heiligabend (Christmas Eve), German parents secretly decorate the Tannenbaum with candies, nuts, ornaments, and lights. A bell is rung, the Tannenbaum is presented, and the children race to open presents and take goodies from the tree.
The custom of bringing evergreen trees inside during winter began in the 16th century among northern and eastern Europeans, and Germans began the Christmas tree tradition. Bringing the trees inside included cutting off pieces to fit the tree inside and give it a nice shape. The extra pieces of greenery were then used to make wreaths.
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