Christmas Traditions in Austria
Christmas in Austria is celebrated much the same as it is in the United States. There are some differences that we will show below. One major difference is that Christmas actually falls in the beginning of their summer season. Here is how the country celebrates.
Decorations – Advent wreaths are a popular decoration around this holiday, specifically made with twigs. They also had four candles, representative of the four Sundays in Advent. Each town has a tree in the center of it.
Food – Fish is served on Christmas Eve, as many of the citizens are fasting. Goose is becoming more popular in the area for those who aren’t fasting.
Christmas Eve – The Christmas Tree is lit for the first time at 4:00PM on Christmas Eve.
Traditions – Many of the children in Austria believe that the Christkindl, the gift bringer, actually decorates the Christmas Tree.
Work – Many vendors operate the Christkindlmarkt, which is a Christmas market.
Santa – Christkindl is the gift bringer for this area, but St. Nicholas also brings gifts to children on December 6th, often accompanied by Krampus, who steals the bad children.
Media – Christmas music is played only on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as this has become a tradition kicking off the holiday.
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