>December 24th has a lot of tradition to it. In the morning there are a lot of people out on the street — last-minute shoppers, old school friends meeting over Glühwein, fathers taking their kids out to get Mami’s Christmas present (and to get them out of the house as she wraps their presents), tourists with nothing better to do, and everyone else who doesn’t have to work until the last minute.
The stalls at the Christkindlmarkt are open til 2 pm, as are the city’s shops and grocery stores. After 2 things start to close up, and everyone goes home. In the evening there will be church services (7:30 for the little ones, midnight mass for the purists), and then you can light your tree (with real candles!), enjoy a moment of familial togetherness, and then open the presents that the Christkind left when you weren’t looking.
The 25th and 26th are official holidays, and referred to as erste Weihnachtstag and zweite Weihnachtstag, respectively. Things loosen up on these days, and they are usually reserved for visiting the aunts, uncles and in-laws (or being visited by them), going skiing or sledding (a particular Tirolean treat, with these mountains!), or just generally hanging around at home. We won’t have a white Christmas unless you count looking up at the 2000 meters high peaks, but I don’t mind at all.
Frohes Fest to my readers! May the Christkind bring you what you wished for.
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