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Weihnachten: Christmas Activities and Vocabulary

German customs related to Christmas: Advent Calendars; St. Nikolaus Day;

Adventskalender: make your own advent calendar and learn German vocabulary in the process. 

Weihnachten: Weihnachtswortschatz (video; worksheet); “Der Weihnachtsbaum” Christmas poem with English subtitles   (V / W)

The Great German Christmas Debate

The Mystery of the Christmas Pickle: Americans think it’s a German tradition; most Germans have never heard of it. What are the origins of the Christmas pickle tradition? Short video in English.   (V)

weihnachten2 scaledWeihnachten: Audio file; online exercise(O)

Two online memory games to practice Christmas vocabulary. Game 1; game 2.   (O)

Ein Weihnachtsabend  (reading text with vocabulary exercises and an exercise on complex adjective constructions)  (R)

Lebkuchen    (reading text about the history of gingerbread and a German gingerbread recipe)   (R)

Der Heilige Abend   (reading text with questions and imperative exercise)   (R)

Die Weihnachtsgeschichte: the Biblical Christmas story; online exercise; choose the correct word in each gap. (O)

Die Weihnachtsgeschichte: very easy German video version of the Christmas story. Worksheet available. (V)

Weihnachten: a student powerpoint presentation about Christmas traditions in Germany (thanks to E.M. for allowing us to use this). Can be used even for 1.semester students to explain German Christmas.

How the first Christmas calendar was invented; easy video in German   (V)

Weihnachten: great poster about German Christmas vocab from liebesdeutschland.tumblr.dom.

Some unusual animals are used in Reinhard Mey’s German version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas”. Die 12 Weihnachtstage worksheet with links (Word doc); pdf format.

An easy advent calendar worksheet.

Nussknacker und Mausekönig     (R)  (Nutcracker story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, abbreviated and simplified version). Kapitel 1; Kapitel 2; Kapitel 3; Kapitel 4; Kapitel 5; Kapitel 6; Kapitel 7; Kapitel 8; Kapitel 9; Kapitel 10; Kapitel 11; Kapitel 12; Kapitel 13; Kapitel 14

German Christmas songs (Weihnachtslieder): a great resource with many German Christmas songs. Includes lyrics and audio or video versions.

Another collection of German Christmas songs: videos with lyrics.

Weihnachten: A video (in German) from Deutsche Welle about German Christmas traditions. Intermediate level and up.

A very easy version of the Christmas story for beginner-level children.

A great teaching resource: Christmas word of the day. A nice short text about a word related to Christmas. Open or download the pdf.



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