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Heiligabend - Christmas Eve in Germany

For Germans, the most important Christmas traditions are reserved for Christmas Eve. On this most magical of evenings, German families come together and celebrate with song, food and gift giving. How do Germans prepare? The weeks leading up to Christmas Eve are steeped in advent traditions. Candles are lit on an advent wreath on each of the four Sundays before Christmas. The lighting of the candle is an important affair and is accompanied by carol singing. Advent calendars containing 24 little windows are given to children and as each day passes children open a window to reveal a chocolate or festive picture. .These festive advent traditions help to steadily build excitement throughout Dece

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