Christmas cards in German language
This December send Christmas cards in German language to your friends and relatives in German speaking countries. In fact, choose a card with blank inside or one with sentiment in German. Or - personalize it yourself. It's easy!!
And, the recipients will be more than pleasantly surprised. Once you see a custom greeting card, nothing ever comes close again.
In any event, the following Christmas cards in German, listed below, are fully customize-able. You also have a choice of three sizes. They all come with a matching white envelope.
- 5" x 7" - standard greeting card size
- 4.25" x 5.5" - small
- 8.5" x 11" - big (letter size)
Fröhliche Weihnachten - Christmas cards in German
Indeed, the first printed reference to Christmas trees appeared in Germany in 1531.
So, this first set of cards have a greeting in German language on the front. Inside, however, is blank.
Besides evergreens, other types of trees such as cherry and hawthorns were used as Christmas trees in the past.
Interestingly, the tradition of using small candles to light a Christmas tree dates back to the middle of the 17th century.
- Already in 1900, large stores started to erect big illuminated Christmas trees.
- Yet the official Christmas tree tradition at Rockefeller Center began in 1933. Since 2004 the tree has been topped with a 550-pound Swarovski Crystal star. And since 2007, the tree has been lit with 30,000 energy-efficient LED's which are powered by solar panels.
Obviously it's time for some fun Christmas facts you never heard about before
- And every year since 1947, the people of Oslo, Norway have given a Christmas tree to the city of Westminster, England. The gift is an expression of good will and gratitude for Britain's help to Norway during World War II.
- Also, artificial Christmas trees were developed in Germany during the 19th century and later became popular in the United States. These "trees" were made using goose feathers that were dyed green and attached to wire branches. The wire branches were then wrapped around a central dowel rod that acted as the trunk.
- Then, in 1856 Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States, was the first President to place a Christmas tree in the White House.
- Afterwords, president Coolidge started the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the White House lawn in 1923.
- Funny enough, in 1930 the U.S.-based Addis Brush Company created the first artificial Christmas tree made from brush bristles. The company used the same machinery that it used to manufacture toilet brushes, but they were dyed green.
German cards with greeting inside
Secondly, this next set of Christmas cards in German language has a traditional German greeting/verse/sentiment on the inside as well. All you need to do is add your signature! Or, if you feel more adventurous, personalize it in any way your imagination lets you.
- Yet, Teddy Roosevelt banned the Christmas tree from the White House for environmental reasons.
- Still, from 1948 to 1951, President Truman spent Christmas at his home in Independence, Missouri. Nevertheless, he lit the National Community Christmas Tree by remote control. At last Truman agreed to stay at the White House for Christmas 1952, and personally lit the tree.
- Whereas the nineteenth century Americans cut their trees in nearby forests, that is no longer the case. Today, most real Christmas trees are grown on farms as sustainable crops like corn or pumpkins.
- Still, almost all trees have to be trimmed into a Christmas tree (pyramid) shape. Once they reach the height of six to seven feet, trees are ready for harvest.
Christmas cards in German, ready to be personalized with your own greeting
Thirdly, this last set of Christmas Cards in German is ready for you to customize their inside pages with your own text/greeting/sentiment/verse.
- Most noteworthy, the majority of Christmas trees are cut weeks before they get to a retail outlet. Hence, it is important to keep them watered thoroughly when they reach your home. Keep in mind that during the first week, a Christmas tree in your home will consume as much as a quart of water per day.
- By way of contrast, from 1887-1933 a fishing schooner by the name of "Christmas Ship" tied up at the Clark Street Bridge in Chicago. Only to sell spruce trees from Michigan to Chicagoans.
- Even though Michigan ranks only third among all states in the production of real Christmas trees, the Great Lakes State grows larger variety of Christmas trees than any other state.
- Fun facts source
To begin with, the German Christmas season officially begins with the first Sunday of Advent. At that time kitchens everywhere smell of Stollen, the oldest known German Christmas treat, and Christmas cookies (Plätzchen). Straightaway the gingerbread houses, nativity scenes, hand-carved wooden Nutcracker figures (Nussknacker), Christmas pyramids (Weihnachtspyramiden) come out of the storage. City streets and homes look cheerful and bright with Christmas lights and deccorations. For sure, Christmas is on its way.
At the same time, the Advent wreath (Adventskranz) is adorned with four candles. Then, one after one is lit on each of the four Sundays preceding Christmas.
Advent wreath and Advent Calendar
Let's not forget that the first Advent wreath from the mid-19th century was way more content-rich. Not only it had 4 larger candles - but also 19 smaller ones. Then, at the beginning of advent, each day one additional candle was lit. Supposedly that helped the children count the days until Christmas.
Today, however, only the four larger candles remain. But the Advent tradition has been exported to many other countries around the world and was adapted to existing customs.
In addition, the Advent calendar (Adventskalender) is another German invention. Similarly designed to involve children in the festivities leading up to Christmas. The calendars are usually cardboard with 24 small windows or flaps. Of course, a child can only open one window on each day leading up to Christmas.
Thus, behind each window is a Christmas scene or motif. Nowadays, calendars may contain chocolate or candy behind each window, and sometimes even small toys.
Past ways versus present traditions
Obviously the Advent calendar is a more recent invention of modern capitalism. Originally, families counted down 24 days before Christmas with a chalk line on the wall. But the first hand-crafted Advent calendars were produced in the mid-19th century. And the first printed calendar appeared in Munich in 1903. Eventually the custom spreaded all over the world.
Other Christmas cards in German language helpful links
- First of all, Christmas cards with traditional motifs, including a few Christmas cards in German
- Second of all, Custom gift ideas for anyone
- Third of all, Find a unique necktie to attend a formal Christmas party