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Christmas Vocabulary in German Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Holidays, Traditions

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… which is why I’ve decided to write a post with useful vocabulary you need to know when talking about Christmas! I’ve included links to other Christmassy posts which you’ll find further down.

die Stechpalme. Photo by Liz West on Flickr. (CC BY 2.0)

Weihnachten                    Christmas


der Heiligabend                     Christmas Eve


Frohe Weihnachten!             Merry Christmas!


der Weihnachtsmann            Santa Claus

der Weihnachtsbaum/der Tannenbaum   the Christmas tree

das Christkind                                               the Christ child ( a traditional gift bringer in many parts of Europe. If you want to learn more about das Christkind then click on this post here!)

die Stechpalme                                                            the holly

der (die) Stern(e)                                                      the star(s)

die Weihnachtsdekoration                           the Christmas decoration

der (die) Feiertag(e)                                      the public/bank holiday(s)

die Ferien                                                                     holiday

die Familie                                                                      family

das Abendessen                                                          dinner

kochen                                                                          cooking

das (die) Kind(er)                                                     the child(ren)

das (die) Geschenk(e)                                            the present(s)

das Geschenkpapier                                                the wrapping paper

der Kranz                                                                   the wreath

der Adventskranz                                            the “advent” wreath – this is a wreath that lies flat on a table, with four candles, one candle for each advent.

das (die) Weihnachtslied(er)                                    the Christmas carol(s)

gemütlich                                                                            cosy

die Mistel                                                                           the mistletoe

das (die) Rentier(e)                                                        the reindeer(s)

die Christbaumkugel(n)                                                the bauble(s)

das Lametta                                                                          the tinsel

die Weihnachtsfeier                                                         the Christmas party

der Weihnachtsbaumschmuck                                  the Christmas tree decorations (schmuck literally translates to “jewellery”)

die Kirche                                                                           the church

der Kamin                                                                           the fireplace

das Feuer                                                                            the fire

die Decke                                                                               the blanket

der Engel                                                                              the angel

Silvester                                                                                  New Year

Der Silvesterabend                                                         New Year’s Eve

Der Weihnachtsmarkt/der Christkindlmarkt       the Christmas market

Der Schnee                                                                            the snow

Die Schneeflocke(n)                                                      the snowflake(s)

Der Schneeengel                                                             the snow angel


What are you doing for Christmas this year? If you want to get into the Christmas spirit by reading a few more Christmassy posts you can find them here, here and here. I hope you enjoy them!!

die Christbaumkugel und das Lametta. Photo by Janine on Flickr. (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Thanks for reading,


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