You used to think that Christmas is celebrated the same way all over the world? As this is not quite the case we decided to take a look at the typical Christmas festivities in the USA and UK and see how those differ from German customs.
The differences already start when we look at the date Americans, British and German people celebrate their main Christmas day. While Germans are allowed to unwrap their presents already on the evening of the 24th of December in the USA and UK the big celebrations only start in the morning of 25th of December.
Also the way Christmas presents are said to arrive in your family home are different. In America Santa Clause delivers them on a sleigh, in Germany the ‘Christkind’ jingles before delivering the presents in the living room and in the UK Father Christmas comes through the chimney.
So, now we know how presents arrive at American, British or German homes. But what comes after the unwrapping of presents? Well, 33 percent of the British tend to get a bit tipsy on Christmas and enjoy the Christmas festivities, most Germans tend to overeat during Christmas day – mostly with roasted duck or homemade cookies. Americans usually just feel very happy, if they are able to sit under their Christmas tree in a good condition and celebrate, because unfortunately on average over 5.800 people in the US get injured when setting up their bright and shiny Christmas decoration.
Of course, these were only a few facts about Christmas in the USA, UK and Germany. Maybe you are interested in learning more about the different Christmas customs? No problem, discover now more festive insights on our graphic below.
Click on the image to see more details or download the graphic here: Festive Insights: Christmas.
And of course you want to be prepared for your next English-speaking Christmas. Therefore you can have a look at the following festive vocabulary:
|white Christmas||Weiße Weihnachten|
|Christmas (gift) list||Wunschzettel zu Weihnachten|
|Merry Christmas||Frohe Weihnachten|
|Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.||Frohe Weihnachten und ein gutes neues Jahr.|
|All our best wishes for…||Mit den besten Wünschen für…|
|Greetings and best wishes for a happy holiday season.||Mit den besten Wünschen für frohe Feiertage.|
|Have a happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.||Wir wünschen frohe Weihnachten und ein fantastisches neues Jahr.|