Image: title

World Advent Calendar

by Mandy Barrow

Christmas Jokes | British Christmas | London Topic | Project Britain | Homework Help

homeDay 19

This man composed it.


What famous Christmas song
was written in Austria?

















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."
, 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!

Have you visited our pages crammed full of Christmas jokes?

Advent Calendar

back to the top

Facts and information about LondonBritish Royal FamilyVirtual Tour of the Thames

Special facts and information about each month of the yearInformation on Britain and the UK for Kids of all agesBritish History

© Copyright Mandy Barrow 2013

email© Copyright - please read
All the materials on these pages are free for homework and classroom use only. You may not redistribute, sell or place the content of this page on any other website or blog without written permission from the Mandy Barrow.

Mandy is the creator of the Woodlands Resources section of the Woodlands Junior website.
The two websites and are the new homes for the Woodlands Resources

Mandy left Woodlands in 2003 to work in Kent schools as an ICT Consulatant.
She now teaches computers at The Granville School and St. John's Primary School in Sevenoaks Kent.

Follow Mandy on Twitter

Woodlands Homework Help new website

customs traditions britain, scotland customs and traditions, traditional british christmas dinner, christmas customs traditions, christmas traditions, british culture customs traditions, british christmas customs, british christmas carols, british christmas crackers, british christmas pudding,british christmas trees, british christmas dinner, british celebrate christmas, british royal family, chrsitmas traditions, christmas customs, england, wales, scotland, Christmas Celebrations, british traditions, british customs, british culture, December, Christmas, food, christmas dinner, mince pies, advent, christmas eve, christmas day, boxing day, 12 days of christmas, new year, christmas pudding, christmas cake, christmas carols, christmas cards, christmas stocking, pantomime, santa claus, st nicholas, christmas presents, christmas crackers, christmas trees, mistletoe, holly, ivy