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The 2nd day of Christmas


2nd Christmas Day

  • Christmas
  • 2nd day of the Christmas octave


Christmas Day in the years 1825 to 1832
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  • The 2nd day of Christmas
    is always December 26th of each year.

    Christmas rose
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Illustration of a Christmas rose
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The commemoration in the church year


The great church festivals of Christmas, Easter and Pentecost have long been celebrated with two feast days.

The church not only had festivals and celebrations in mind, the holidays also guaranteed a kind of minimum vacation per year for the working population, which we still benefit from today. Time that is used for physical relaxation, maintaining social contacts and spiritual edification.


The commemoration in the Protestant church year


Christmas II

Boxing Day

In the Protestant order of worship, the divine service on Christmas Day is the second day of Christmas. On the one hand, it is about honoring the feast of the birth of Christ with extensive celebrations; on the other hand, the incarnation of Christ and its significance for us is difficult to understand. Not only does it need space, such as that offered by church parishes, for example, but above all it takes time to understand what it means when we profess as Christians:


I believe

to God the Father

/ and to Jhesum Chriſtum

/ ſa only begotten son.


To believe in God means: to believe that Jesus is the Son of God. But what for? Why did what happened and what we celebrate at Christmas happened exactly like that? What's the point? And what does that have to do with us? What does Christmas mean for you and for me?

The Christmas holidays and the numerous church services during Christmas week offer time and space to get closer to the answers to these and similar questions.


Second Christmas Day 1825/1826

December 26, 1825

Saying, psalm and selection of songs as well as the Bible texts for readings and sermons according to the church ordinance.

More on this in this article.


Everlasting beauty, everlasting life.
The richly decorated branches of the Christmas tree symbolize wishes, hopes and the power of life.


The Christmas tree


1 The medieval paradise game

The story of the Christmas tree probably begins in the medieval paradise play, which was performed before the nativity play in the Christmas mass. In the Paradise game it was shown how sin came into the world through Adam and Eve, from which Christ was freed from death on the cross. For this game, an evergreen tree was set up as a paradise tree, from which the fruit, a tied red apple, was then plucked.


2 A jewel in the church

Over the years, the paradise tree has been decorated more and more: Gilded nuts, fruits wrapped in silver and gold paper, pastries and sweets were added. The paradise tree remained as an ornament in the church over the Christmas period. At the end of Christmas time, January 6th, it was allowed to be looted.

Christmas baubles and tree hangings have their roots there. The tradition of leaving the Christmas tree in the apartment until January 6th in order to then plunder it with the sympathy of the entire family also dates from this time.


3 From the tree of paradise to the tree of gifts

Only in the 16./17. In the 19th century, the tree of paradise appeared outside the church: at community celebrations of guilds and brotherhoods. It has broken away from the nativity scene and has become the symbol of Advent and Christmas.

The oldest evidence of a Christmas tree, which was prepared as a gift tree or Bescherbaum, comes from Strasbourg from the year 1605.


4 The evangelical tradition

The Christmas tree soon became a Christmas symbol, especially in Protestant circles, as a kind of counter-symbol to the Christmas crib, which was popular in Catholic families. In the 18th century, when the Christmas celebrations increasingly became family celebrations, the Christmas tree almost consequently moved into the homes of even the simpler Protestant people.


5 The way of the Christmas tree to America

The first Christmas tree in America is recorded for settlers in Pennsylvania for 1748. He was introduced by the Hessian soldiers who were loaned out to America.


6 lights on the Christmas tree

Lights on the Christmas tree were added late: One of the oldest evidence of a Christmas tree with lights dates from 1708. Christmas trees decorated with burning candles are only found among Protestant nobles and wealthy middle-class families. It was not until the 18th and 19th centuries that the light trees first appeared in the living rooms of Protestant families and, from the 19th and 20th centuries, also in Catholic families.


7 The symbol of the Christmas season

The Christmas tree is one of the strongest symbols of the Christmas season today. The original meanings of the evergreen as a sign of awakening life in the middle of winter, of the jewelry and the colors fade into the background. The Christmas tree becomes the decorative centerpiece of the living room and public places.


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Christmas saying of the week

John 1,14a | Luther Bible 1545

And the word was made flesh / and won by vns /
And we saw his glory.

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Orthodox Christmas 1825

Several Orthodox communities in Germany celebrate Christmas according to the Julian calendar. According to today's calendar, you celebrate Christmas Day on Friday January 6th 1826.


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