Another reason why it feels so much like Christmas is because there are Christmas decorations all over Munich and of course Christmas markets and a huge christmas tree set up in the main square. Bayern is extremely Catholic so I'm not sure but I feel as though they might even get more into this holiday and celebrating it, than other parts of Germany do.
|Glühwein is very popular this time of year in Germany.|
|Christmas Tree in Marienplatz|
Instead of celebrating Christmas on the 25th, most German families celebrate it on the evening of the 24th. The Christmas tree is usually brought in on the 24th and presents are also opened then.
On the evening of December 5th, children will put their shoes outside of their door, and sometime during the night St. Nikolaus is supposed to come and leave sweets and smaller presents in their shoe. If the children is bad a character called Krampus is said to come instead of St. Nikolaus and apparently he captures naughty children in his sack and carries them away to his lair.
This past Sunday there was a parade of around 100 different people who were dressed up as Krampus and walked through the main square in Munich. There was this one kid who was particularly cheeky and who was at the front of the crowd and he got "whipped" and carried away by the Krampus multiple times. It was really funny and I really enjoyed watching all of them.
Here are some pictures from that:
|Krampus scaring a boy|
|Me and a Krampus|
|Krampus taking away the particularly cheeky boy|
|All of the Krampus were dressed up differently, but all equally scary.|
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