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Christmas in Germany: A Cultural History

Joe Perry


For poets, priests, and politicians—and especially ordinary Germans—in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the image of the loving nuclear family gathered around the Christmas tree symbolized the unity of the nation at large. German Christmas was supposedly organic, a product of the winter solstice rituals of pagan “Teutonic” tribes, the celebration of the birth of Jesus, and the age-old customs that defined German character. Yet, as this book argues, Germans also used these annual celebrations to contest the deepest values that held the German community together: faith, family, and love, ... More

Keywords: Germans, Christmas tree, Christmas, German character, German community, material prosperity, national belonging, War Christmas, Third Reich, Cold War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780807833643
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807899410_perry


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joe Perry, author