Germany and Austria are rich in their Christmas caroling traditions. Together they are the area where many Christmas carols originated, with Silent Night, perhaps the best known of all Christmas carols, having been written in Austria.
These German speaking countries have their unique culture, and their celebration of Christmas reflect their uniqueness as a region. This goes well beyond their carols, and includes the Christmas tree.
My ancestry is one fourth German, specifically Bavarian. And another branch eventually also gets back to Bavaria. SO, I have an interest in this culture, the ways of some of my forefathers.
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My ancestors came from both England and Germany, so I am interested in learning about both, as well as Canadian and French. I have some French heritage, and some of it came via Nova Scotia and others came via Quebec. I am aware that the Royal Families intermarried.
English culture is linked to German culture, and the two countries would have been closer had not wars created by politicians interfered. There is much to value in German and Austrian cultural traditions.
When I do my Victorian Christmas workshop in schools , I always tell the pupils that in England our ideas of how to celebrate Christmas come from German traditions, many brought over by Prince Albert himself, Queen Victoria's German husband.
A lovely post ; makes me quite excited already.