The absolute largest difference between Christmas in the USA and in Germany is actually the day it is celebrated on. In Germany, December 24 is the day that really counts. Family comes together and eats a big meal and all the presents are opened toward the afternoon/evening. In German, this is actually called the first Christmas day (erster Weihnachtstag). The next day, December 25, is called the second Christmas day (zweiter Weihnachtstag) and is filled with family and food but not presents.
There are other traditions we keep that do not have as much to do with culture but with family traditions. His family eats fondue (very typical German Christmas tradition) on December 24 with an amazing super garlic sauce (recipe coming soon!). Although as a family that tradition has been put aside, we have kept it going by eating fondue on December 23.
A tradition we started together is the purchasing of one Christmas ornament we pick out together each year. We write the year on the bottom and add it to our collection.
What types of traditions does your family have during the holidays? How many of these traditions involve food?
We wish you a very very merry Christmas and delicious food coma to follow!