Christmas in Switzerland

By: Reghan Bollinger

Merry Christmas-Fröhlichi Wiehnacht or Joyeux Noel.

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Traditional Christmas Foods in Switzerland

In Switzerland, they eat Christmas ham, fondue (melted cheese that you dip bread in), scalloped potatoes with melted cheese and milk baked in. For dessert, they eat walnut cake, Christmas cookies, jam cookies, and cinnamon stars. Each family like their own recipes. Drinks are method, samichlaus gluh wine, and many of their other drinks that they drink.

Does Switzerland have the symbol of Santa?

In Switzerland, their “Santa” is called Samichlaus, and he might visit the people on December 6th. You might be lucky enough to be visited by the father of Christmas and his wife Lucy on December 25th. On January 6th, you sometimes will be visited by Befana if you live in the south of Switzerland, you will be visited by the Three Kings if you live everywhere else in Switzerland, and and angel called Christkind.
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Does Switzerland have symbols and decorations that represent Christmas?

Christmas trees are a symbol of Christmas and they put them up on Christmas Eve and advent. They decorate the trees with real candles on Christmas Eve and on New Years to represent good luck.

What Christmas traditions do they have in Switzerland?

One of their traditions are advent calendars and crowns. They are very popular. The Urnäsch Silvesterkläuse takes place through December 31 to January 13 and started over 200 years ago. People wear costumes and mask to the event. They go house to house singing and making lots of noise for a good year.

Star singing is also popular for children to do. The event starts in the beginning of the advent week to Epiphany. They carry a star which means wisdom when they visited baby Jesus.

They also go to a big celebration at midnight and sing “silent night”.

How long does the Christmas celebration last?

The Christmas celebration starts in the first week of December because each Sunday they light a candle. There are four candles that they light. It ends on New Year.

Why do they celebrate Christmas?

They celebrate Christmas because they celebrate baby Jesus’s birth.

Do they leave goodies for their “Santa”?

No, they do not leave goodies for their Santa like we do in the USA.

Does it snow on Christmas in Switzerland?

Yes, they do have snow on Christmas in Switzerland.

Do they Exchange gifts?

Yes, on Christmas, they do exchange gifts in Switzerland.

In Switzerland, do they play games at Christmas?

No, they do not play games, but they do have music.

Do they put up a Christmas tree?

Yes, they do put up a Christmas tree. They decorate it on Christmas Eve with candles and lights.

Does their Santa come down a chimney?

Santa comes from the snowy mountains, and just enters the house any way.
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