In Germany, Christmas is celebrated on the 24th of December. Usually, we decorate the tree in the afternoon, then eat dinner and after dinner the presents are opened. Many people eat just a very simple dinner, like sausages with potato salad or cold roastbeef. The 25th and 26th are the days for visiting relatives (and the anual family rows). Since my grandparents are dead, we spend those days at home, taking walks, enjoying our presents and each other's company - Christmas is the only time in the year when I can visit my parents (although they come and visit me in Hamburg, too).
Here's our tree
It's a family tradition to decorate the tree with sparklers and burn them before we open our presents - less dangerous than real candles and just as pretty.
Our nativity scene, it's older than me and another family tradition. The sheeps don't match and the angel on top doesn't belong to it originally, but has managed to become a part of it when I decided as a child that the scene needed an angel. It's my job to set it up, my dad decorates the tree (this year, he cut the cable of the light string by accident...could be easily repared though). My mom is the official Buyer of Christmas Ornaments.
Our pyramid: the Holy Faily is in the middle and the shepherds on top and the Three Kings below are circling them. The whole thing is moved by the hot air from the candles. It's something you see in many German households.
The bearded guy behind it is a nutcracker, the little red-robed fellow a Raeuchermaennchen.
I saw that little angel in a shop and I knew i had to get it for my mom.We both love figurines, stuffed toys ect. with that kind of face: little dots for eyes and a big goofy grin.
This will be my next My World Tuesday post, I'm a bit early ;)