Luxembourg, officially the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a landlocked country in western Europe, bordered by Belgium, France, and Germany. It has two principal regions: the Oesling in the north as part of the Ardennes massif, and the Gutland (“good country”) in the south.
Christmas Celebrations in Luxembourg :
Most people in Luxembourg, a Catholic country. Most people celebrate Christmas Eve with family and close friends.
From the beginning of December, streets and store windows in all major cities are richly illuminated and decorated. Christmas trees, in all their glitter, adorn public squares. Out-door Christmas markets throughout the country attract many shoppers. French is the official language, German is taught in schools, and English is also widely spoken. The majority of the population is Roman Catholic.
Most people in Luxembourg celebrate Christmas Eve with family and friends. Many attend Midnight Mass. The Midnight Mass in the Benedictine Abbey of St. Maurice and St. Maure in Clervaux (a small picturesque Ardennes town) is of great renown and has been televised in recent years. Clubs and associations also organize Christmas Eve and Christmas Day festivities. Some cities produce Nativity plays, with children as actors, others give concerts in the afternoon of December 25th. In some villages, these concerts are followed by a Christmas tree auction, the profits of which are given to charity organizations.
Each year in December, the traditional Christmas market in Luxembourg city turns the Place d’Armes in a real Christmas village. For a month, the main square of the capital is covered with small wooden huts, selling candles, toys, decorations, sweets. The latter includes the popular spiced wine Glühwäin (served hot) and is a regular part of the menu at Christmas Markets all through Europenks. Typical foods like the Thüringer, Mettwurscht (Luxembourgish sausages) or Gromperekichelcher (potato pancakes), various soups, crepes, “Bûche de Noël” an icecream-cake confection, etc. The air is filled with the wonderful scents of sausages cooking, fresh bakery goods, mulled wine, and fresh-cut pine boughs while music is everywhere.
On the eve of December 6th, children place a plate on the kitchen or dining-room table which St.Nicholas fills with sweets during the night when he brings gifts. St. Nicholas also known as “Kleeschen” comes from the heavens to reward children who have been good and who can be seen in various locations in cities and towns as he comes to the shops, and receives the children for photo sessions. His feast day is celebrated on December 6th. On evenings before this date, children put their shoes in front of their bedroom door, or on the windowsill, expecting St. Nicholas to fill them with a small gift during the night.
Christmas Market concerts are presented in bandstands and on special stages set up for the occasion. Many attend Midnight Mass, after which the family gathers for supper consisting sometimes of a typical Luxembourg winter menu: black-pudding with mashed potatoes and apple sauce. The Midnight Mass in the Benedictine Abbey of St. Maurice and St. Maure in Clervaux (a small picturesque Ardennes town) is of great renown and has been televised throughout Europe in recent years. Clubs and associations also organize Christmas Eve and Christmas Day festivities. Some cities produce Nativity plays, with children as actors, others give concerts in the afternoon of December 25th.
In Luxembourg people wish each other Merry Christmas saying – Schéi Chrëschtdeeg.
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