When Do Germans Open Their Christmas Presents?

Most German families usually open their Christmas presents Christmas Eve. Some people also may exchange presents on Christmas Day. On December 24, German families get their trees and decorate them.

A general custom is for families to gather on December 24 to spend the afternoon and Christmas Eve night together. The opening of gifts can occur at any time during this day, such as before or after attending a Christmas Eve church service or after having a special family meal that may include carp, potatoes and stollen.

Some Christmas traditions associated with Germany are the advent wreaths and calendars. These advent calendars, which can be for children, have 24 doors that often contain different types of things for kids, such as candy, chocolates or other items.