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Glühwein

to glow = glühen
Glühwein or Mulled wine is something the Germans drink in the Christmas time… or just in the wintertime – mostly found on Christmas markets though.
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German Christmas words

Today we are going to look at some important Christmas words using a little learning app.

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Nikolaus

St. Nicholas’ Day owes its name to the Holy Bishop of Myra, born in the third century in Lycia (southwest of Antalya, now Turkey) and christened “Nicholas”. The name comes from the Greek and means something like “victory of the people”.

After he was ordained priest in his homeland at the age of 19, he moved to the city of Myra, also a city of today’s Turkey. There he was consecrated bishop in 325 AD and thus bishop of Myra.

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Silent night, holy night

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht

“Silent night, holy night” (Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht) is not German but Austrian. Every person, who speaks German knows it by heart.

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Using pen and paper

I like to give students a picture story with blank speech or thought bubbles and a word bank with phrases to choose from to fill in the blank bubbles. But…

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Good luck

To keep one’s fingers crossed means „I wish you luck“ – but not in Germany!

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