EPCOT has Christmas' from around the world. One of them that we really enjoyed listen to was Germany. Helga, a native of Germany told us about the first Christmas tree (tannenbaum) and the Nutcracker (nussknacker). Christmas is a very special time in Germany and much of the way that Americans celebrate Christmas is due to the Germans. Helga told us how Martin Luther was the first to cut down a Christmas tree and how it is decorated with lights, candies, nuts and gingerbread men. It is secretly decorated on Christmas Eve and then the wrapped gifts are placed under it from Christkindl (Christ child).
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