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What are some German customs and traditions?


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June 10, 2014 6:06PM

One tradition that Germans follow is hiding a pickle in their Christmas tree. Whoever finds the pickle gets to open the first gift.

Germans greet each other with a handshake.

It is customary to bring a bottle of alcohol as a gift when you are staying in someone's home.

Germans have outdoor shoes and indoor shoes. You should never wear outdoor shoes inside.

Germans shut their doors, especially when no one is in the room.

Germans eat a large, hot lunch and small dinners.

Exercise and being outside are a German way of life.

Germans never call anyone by their first name unless they are good friends. Even people who work together for many years might still address one another as Mr. or Mrs. (this depends on the industry)

Germans expect everyone to be on time.

Germans celebrate the Christmas season over a twenty-five day period.

Germans do not smile superficially or make small talk with strangers.

Germans drink a lot of beer.