Holiday Traditions of Sending Gifts to Germany
'Many men, many minds!' is a famous saying that we should keep in mind when choosing a gift for a person living in Germany. It's well known that gift giving traditions are different for every nation, and it's very important to follow these traditions when selecting an appropriate gift to Germany for a particular occasion.
For some ideas about selecting a gift for the next German holiday, let's look at the gift giving traditions in this country:
Germans, being lovers of order and accuracy, prefer beautifully decorated gift baskets rather than simple boxed gifts because of their presentable and deliberate design. This is a plus for the sender since it takes less time to choose a suitable, ready-made gift basket than to rack one's brains in search of a stand-alone gift.
A gourmet basket is a classic gift suitable for most occasions, especially for family holidays such as Christmas, New Year's, Easter, All Saints Day, German Unity Day, weddings and birthdays. It can also be great as a business or corporate gift. Depending on the content of your gourmet basket, it can be romantic or formal. For example, a gift basket brimming with sweets and chocolates is a perfect romantic gift given mostly to women on Valentine's Day, Mother's Day or on birthdays. (Practically no woman in Germany can resist a luxurious chocolate gift basket!)
Fruit baskets, on the other hand, are quite neutral and suitable for any purpose, though it all depends on the basket design. So, richly decorated gift baskets or gift baskets in pastel shades, regardless of the content, are most likely designed for women as a romantic or formal gift to Germany. Those decorated in dark or bright colors are generally meant for men. Wine or champagne gift baskets, tea gift baskets and coffee gift baskets are also classic men's gifts given to seniors, relatives, colleagues, business associates, and bosses to say, 'thank you,' 'congratulations,' or to celebrate Father's Day.
When it's hard to choose a proper gift or you don't know about the preferences of the recipient, a flower basket is always a safe solution! For both men and women, on public and private holidays, a stunning flower basket to Germany will create a holiday mood and will dazzle the eyes of the recipient.
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Most Celebrated National Holidays
March 22 - April 25 - Easter
Easter in Germany is commenced by the organization of a mass prayer in churches, on Saturday evening, which continues until the dawn of Sunday. On Easter Sunday, families gather for the holy Easter lunch, which is served with colored eggs and a lamb-shaped cake, among other traditional recipes. Children in Germany are very fond of receiving the attractively decorated Easter eggs as gifts from their parents and other family members, on the festival.
May 1 - Labour Day
(Tag der Arbeit)
May 2nd Sunday - Mother's Day
Mother's Day is an annual holiday that recognizes mothers, motherhood and maternal bonds in general, as well the positive contributions that they make to society. For millions of mothers across the world and also in Germany, it is a time of breakfast in bed, family gatherings, gifts and crayon scribbled 'I Love You's'.
June 3d Sunday - Father's Day
Father's Day is a day to honor fathers for everything they did for their children. Everybody takes an opportunity to express gratitude towards their father and tell him how much he's loved and appreciated. Generally, children present their father with a bouquet of flowers, a greeting card, a gift baskets, etc. Nowadays, people in Germany celebrate this occasion also with their grand dads, fathers-in-law, uncles, stepfathers or other men who are caring and protective as a father.
October 3 - German Unity Day
(Tag der Deutschen Einheit)
October 31 - Reformation Day
November 1 - All Saints Day
All Saints Day is a holiday when people take the day off work, go to cemeteries and bring flowers and candles to the graves of dead relatives, give presents to children, usually sweets and toys.
December 25 - Christmas Day
Christmas is one of the biggest celebrations for the people belonging to the Christian faith. Caroling, feasting, and gift-giving along with the prayers and wishes - Christmas is celebrated with high spirits in various parts of the world. German families prepare for Christmas throughout cold December. Four Sundays before Christmas, they make an Advent wreath of fir or pine branches that has four colored candles. They light a candle on the wreath each Sunday, sing Christmas songs, and eat Christmas cookies. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, homes are filled with the delightful smells of baking loaves of sweet bread, cakes filled with candied fruits, and spicy cookies called lebkuchen. On Christmas Eve, 24th December, families go to church, then feast on a large dinner. Christmas Eve is the main day when Germans exchange gifts with their families but on St. Nicholas' Day (December 6th) 'der Nikolaus' also brings some small gifts, such as sweets and chocolates, to the children.
December 26 - St Stephen's Day
January 1 - New Year's Day
New Year in Germany is celebrated on January 1 according to the Gregorian calendar. New Year's celebration begins with the New Year's Eve, called Silvester. Many Germans prefer celebrating it with their friends and loved ones. These celebrations are all about dancing, singing, drinking and having a traditional lavish meal. People also bid farewell to the old year and welcome the New Year in a rocking manner.
January 6 - Epiphany
(Heilige Drei Koenige)
February 14 - Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day Festival is said to have originated in pagan times when people celebrated February 14 in honor of Roman God of Fertility. These days, Valentine's Day is essentially regarded as festival that celebrates love between both lovers and individuals. People wish 'Happy Valentine's Day' to parents, teachers, siblings, friends or any other person special to them. Though there are various traditions and customs associated with the festival, the most popular way of celebrating Valentine's Day in Germany is by expressing love to sweethearts and dear ones with an exchange of gifts. Some of the most traditional Valentine's Day gifts are fresh flowers, chocolates and cards.