1. Christmas preparations start before Dec. 1st,
2. December 6 is Nikolaustag, St. Claus day, you leave out a shoe or boot outside the door Dec.5 and the next morning you find presents (if you were a good kid) or a rod (if you were bad)
3. The Adventskranz (advent wreath) is not hung up but placed on a table lying flat, how could you light the candles otherwise... Candles And Music
It is a tradition that when four Sundays remain for the grand festival, a wreath made of holly flowers with four red candles is placed on the table. Each one of the four candles is lit on the Sundays preceding Christmas. Though it's difficult to find snow here, there are possibilities of finding it in regions situated at a higher altitude.
4. catholic boys and girls dress up as kings for three kings day (jan. 6) they sing carols and collect money for donations to different projects
In parts of Germany, people believe that the Christ Child sends a messenger in Christmas Eve. He appears as an angel in a white robe and crown, bearing gifts. The angel is called Christkind. Children leave letters on their windowsills for Christkind, a winged figure dressed in white robes and a golden crown who distributes gifts
In Germany they place the wreath on a table- advent wreaths of Holly with four red candles in the center. They light one candle each Sunday and last on Christmas Eve. Children count the days until Christmas using an Advent calendar. They open one window each day and find a Christmas picture inside.
Exquisite Christmas Tree
The Christmas tree in Germany, like most other nations, has a great deal of importance attached to it. One cannot imagine a German Christmas without a beautifully decorated fir tree. Considering that the Christmas tree originated in Germany, this is quite obvious. However, owing to a mythical curse on the Christmas-tree, the young ones are kept away from the trees on the Christmas Eve. Once it's done, children rush to the tree to find their gifts placed by Santa. The trees are grown in public areas before Christmas. People are ready with their Christmas trees by December 23rd. or Weinachtenbaum
The lavish feast on the eve of Christmas includes delicious suckling pig, white sausages, macaroni salad, sweet cinnamon and many regional dishes. Considering that a German saying suggests that people who do not eat properly will be haunted by the demons at night, it is easy to ascertain the Germans fill themselves up to the brim on this feast. The trend of heavy feasts continues all the way to the Christmas day when various delightful traditional dishes like the plump roast goose, long bread loaves stuffed with nuts and raisins are served. A boar's head is served at most of the feasts as a sacrifice to the German God Frey, who takes care of the well-being of the livestock. However, later on, as the boar was difficult to find, and it took a week's time to cook, it was replaced by pork, turkey and goose.
In Southern Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Alto Adige/Südtirol (Italy) and Liechtenstein the Christkind (Christ Child) brings the presents as well. The German St. Nikolaus is not identical with the Weihnachtsman (Christmas Man, the German version of Santa Claus). St. Nikolaus wears a bishop's dress, brings small gifts (usually candies, nuts and fruits) on December 6, and is accompanied by Knecht Ruprecht.