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This man composed it.

 Austria

What famous Christmas song
was written in Austria?

Answer

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Franz Xaver Gruber

Silent Night

"Silent Night" was written by Joseph Franz Mohr in Austria. The music was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber.

In Austria "Silent Night" is heard on the radio for the first time on Christmas Eve and repeated hourly.


Barbara Tag (St Barbara Day)

"For me, Christmas really starts on 4th December, on Barbara Tag (Barbara Day), when you go out and cut a few twigs from a cherry tree. You put them into a glass of water, and if there are blossoms on 24th December, someone will marry you."
Teresa, who lives in Austria


Kramperl Tag (Krampus Day)

5th December, Saint Nicholas Eve is known as Krampus Day in some parts of Austria. A Krampus is a very bad spirit usually dressed frightening fur. He looks very ugly. He has a long red tongue, bulging eyes and makes a loud racket with huge cowbells and rattling chains. Krampus reminds the children to be good because if they are not he might take the bad children away in sack.

Krampus Day is quite an event, especially when it gets dark when people dress up in the most scary costumes they created.


"5th December is “Kramperl Tag”, on this day a lot of boys dress up as a Krampus (Kramperl), the attender of the Nikolo (St. Nicholas)."
Teresa, who lives in Austria


6th December , St Nicholas Day. St Nicholas drives Krampus away and leaves small gifts such as chocolate, citrus fruits and nuts in a large sack for children who are good.

"On 6th December, we get peanuts, mandarins and Nikolos out of Chocolate."
Teresa
, who lives in Austria

24th December, Christmas Eve, is Christmas Day in Austria.

In the evening, on Christmas Eve, people in Austria exchange gifts with family and friends and the children open their presents from the Christkindl.

"We open our presents on Christmas Eve “Heiliger Abend”, and this is for us the main Christmas. Even our advent calendars have only 24 doors.

First, when it gets dark, we “ausräuchern”. In a special pan, we put some hot coals with a sprikle of frankincense on top. It smells very good. We carry it to every room in the house to smoke out and banish “Rauwascheln”.

Then, we eat our Christmas meal. My family eats Raclette every year, a traditional Swiss cheese dish.

After the Christmas meal, we receive our presents."

Teresa, who lives in Austria


According to Austrian tradition the Christkindl (Christ Child) will deliver the Christmas presents on Christmas Eve

Children write letters to the Christkindl, for the presents they would like. They leave the letters on the window sill for the Christkindl to collect.


"When I was young I remember listening out for the Christkind. I waited with my grandparents in another room. After a few minutes we heard a bell ringing. We rushed into the living room, where we saw the candles on the tree and sparklers burning. We sang a few songs and read the Christmas story out of the bible, and then, finally we received our presents."
Teresa, who lives in Austria

Christmas Trees ('Christbaums') are put up and decorated on Christmas Eve.

Austria has wonderful Christmas markets, where you can buy beautiful handmade ornaments, wreaths and incense and enjoy roasted chestnuts.

Time in Austria now

6 days till Christmas!

5 more days and then it will be time
to hang up my Christmas stocking!

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