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Bruchsal, Germany - 24th December 2007

By: fam-united

And then it was here, the most silent night of the year

Holy Night

In Germany families celebrate the Holy Night, mostly only parents and children together, maybe grandparents, if they want to be part of it.
The celebration starts with going to the service in the afternoon, if you have little children - or those, who play a role in the Christmas play - just like Sabrina had to do. Older people go to church at 5pm, 10pm or at midnight.
After church my family normally went to the graves on the graveyard, which is near to our house, next to the baroque church St.Peter. This year however they didn't find the time for it.
After church we prepared dinner, you know it, when you read the last post.
Oh yes, in the morning they brought the tree in the livingroom and decorated it, but only the boys were allowed to go into the livingroom and so there is no photo of us.
After dinner a bell called everyone to go into the livingroom. There were only the lights of candles on the tree and table. Under the tree were many presents and a nice railroad.
We sat down on the table, because Petra told us, that we would see everything much better, when we would sit there.

So Sabrina started to read a story about the song SILENT NIGHT, HOLY NIGHT and all others of the family read another part of that story. It was really interesting to hear about the history of that song.

Then we played and sang the Christmas carols together.

After about nearly one hour of reading and singing we opened the presents. Only the children were allowed to go to the tree and fetch one present, read the name on it and give it to the new owner, so it took a while until we received our present.

You see me here with my friends and their present cookie. It tasted very well, that's what they told me.


* Posted Dec 27, 2007, 4:51 pm [Quote] Go to the top of the page


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