Christmas church services
Do you wish people a »merry Christmas«, »blessed Christmas« or simply »happy holidays«? The change in language use reflects the fact that the origins of Christmas – the Christian notion of Jesus Christ's birth as being the original gift-giving scene – are often no longer the focus of festivities. But for many Saxons, attending a church service is part of the Christmas ritual.
Hundreds of thousands of people are once again expected to attend over 2000 vespers and masses on 24 December (Christmas Eve) in the Church of Saxony communities (the state's largest Church) alone. While children can amuse themselves with nativity scenes as they wait for the gift-giving, music lovers will particularly enjoy the late services and 26 December.