German Christmas Culture in a Multicultural Time

by Helene Walterskirchen:

We associate Christmas with snow and enjoy the white splendour

In the following we speak of Christmas and Christmas culture, even though today, given the many Muslim immigrants, there are considerations to abolish the term „Christmas“ and replace it with a term that suits everyone and does not offend anyone, for example Wintertime instead of Christmas time.

This confronts us with the question of whether someone who has a different faith or who possibly does not belong to any denomination has permission to use the term „Christmas“ at all. Last year a staunch Christian said to me, „Christmas is a feast only for Christians. If you are not a Christian, Christmas does not apply to you, and you are not allowed to celebrate Christmas either.” “That may make us think. As a non-Christian, am I not allowed, to celebrate Christmas at all, to make Christmas presents, to sing Christmas carols, to bake Christmas cookies, etc.? Is using the term „Christmas“ really reserved only for Christians registered in Christian denominations?

No, because that would be just as if someone claimed for himself that the term „compassion“ was reserved only for Buddhists, the term „mercy“ only for Christians or the term „pilgrimage“ only for Muslims.

Christmas is for everyone and everyone may use the term. Christmas is not just since the existence of Christianity. A long time ago, when Germanic culture prevailed in our latitudes, there was already Christmas. At that time, one called it Yulefest, and it is still called so today in the Nordic countries like Sweden or Norway.

The roots of Christmas go back far in the human history, e.g. in Roman culture, in the Persian Mithras faith and in the Germanic and Nordic world of faith. Even with the ancient Egyptians Christmas was a feast day, because in the Isis-cult, they laid the birth of Horus on this day.

The use of the term „Christmas“, which we have come to associate with us, is something natural, something grown for the people of our nation who have known this term since their childhood. The Christmas that I know and that has a place in my heart, is a Christmas of German Christmas culture. It cannot simply be wiped out and replaced by the term „Winter Festival“. That would be an encroachment on a grown part of our German culture and not just a pro-forma act of state legislation.

Perhaps you feel like us: we find the whole back and forth around Christmas a little ridiculous and exaggerated. In a multicultural society as we already have largely today, it does not make sense that we throw away all the traditional things and adapt to those who are new to our country. It should be the other way round. Those who are new to our country should adapt to our culture and our circumstances. Yes, even more: They should find here a strong national cultural foundation, in which they are happy to fit in, because it gives them orientation and security in a foreign country, in which they feel alien. This also applies to the seemingly unimportant and insignificant Christmas culture, because our German Christmas culture is not as unimportant and insignificant as some people think. It is an important part of our German culture and therefore part of our German cultural identity.

If some politicians now urge that we change our national culture and adapt it more to the culture of the immigrants, this is a deep cut in our existing German cultural system. Our German culture is not something that you can change at will, because it is fashionable or meets the zeitgeist. German culture is our most important asset! It gives us stability and security, orientation and identity. We should cherish our German culture, preserve it and strengthen it necessarily by connecting with it, be it our German literature, our German music, our German customs, or our German crafts.

German Christmas with a self-crafted Advent wreath of native wood and Christmas decorations, made by German artists, on the tablecloth of a traditional German blue-print workshop.

Our German culture is not something we have to be ashamed of, but something we should be proud of, but not overstated, because other nations can also have a well-grown national culture. Under no circumstances, however, must we feel guilty about our culture, especially the two world wars that the German people have lost. I believe that a great deal is played-up here and made us believe, because it is a strategy to weaken the German people and German culture. “Why?” It is probably simply out of envy, others have of our German culture and us. We are a strong nation and behind us stands a strong folk culture, which cannot be defeated by anything, and that is exactly what bothers some of those, who are at the controls of power.

How do you weaken or destroy an existing culture? By persuading the people who live this culture, that it is a bad culture to be ashamed, that it is best to discard it and replace it with a multi-culture. In order to do this, tens of millions of people from foreign cultures are being sent into our country to stir up and mix up our existing culture. Then, in 30, 40 or 50 years, there will be nothing left of German culture and instead there will be an indefinable mixture of culture. Then those, for whom our German culture has long been a thorn in the side, have won.

That this does not happen should be the concern of all of us. It begins with a seemingly insignificant cultural cause like Christmas, which should henceforth no longer be Christmas, but a multi-cultural winter festival. We can accept that, or we cannot accept it. I do not accept it. I will stick to my German Christmas and, like every year, celebrate my Christmas according to the German Christmas culture. I do not harm the immigrants in this way, but instead show them into which culture area they immigrated and with which culture group they are dealing.

Not I will adopt their holidays from their cultural area, but they are invited as guests of my country to adapt to my Christmas. This will make more impact on them than if I give up my Christmas and adapt to them. Yes, I want to show the guests of our country, who only stay temporarily in our country – you do not know whether they will stay only for a short while or longer – that we have a well-established, solid and orientated cultural foundation in our country, Germany, in which they can root themselves. Of course, such a national culture must not be limited and closed to the outside world, but it must be open to everything. However, the cultural foundation should absolutely maintain its solidity and be strong enough that it can intercept foreign cultures and adapt to the national cultural system.

This requires two things:

  1. The existing national cultural foundation must be stable and strong, on the one hand to give the native population the security and strength to accept and absorb foreign cultures, and on the other hand, to provide immigrants from foreign cultures with cultural orientation and stability in the foreign country.
  2. Members of foreign cultures may only enter the country to the extent and in the quantity that is compatible with the existing national cultural foundation. If a healthy and stable cultural foundation prevails, several million strangers can enter the country unscathed. If, on the other hand, a sick and unstable cultural foundation prevails – as we have it in today’s society – a mere one million immigrants can lead our system to the collapse of our national cultural foundation.

So what is necessary to prevent this collapse?

For our country, we need a healthy, stable, strong, orientable and tolerance capable cultural foundation that precisely defines and determines how people should behave in the various cultural areas, such as women’s culture, family culture, religious culture, legal culture, educational culture, work culture, economic culture, etc. We also need a cultural foundation that is able to provide information and support. This also includes the seemingly unimportant Christmas culture. In this existing cultural foundation, those who come as immigrants to our country have to subordinate and adapt. It should not be the other way round! Such a strong leading culture will not lead to cultural chaos that we are slipping into right now because of our chaotic cultural policies.

It is not about that, we are a modern country, a modern Europe, but that we have a culturally consolidated and stable country and Europe respectively, in which those who grew up in the existing national cultural base act as cultural pointers and cultural teachers for the newcomers. The latter have to adapt to the existing national cultural base and fit into it. If they cannot and do not want to, then the country’s cultural leadership must have the courage and the foresight to send these people back to the cultural realm from which they came.

We are beings who have been cultivating a Christmas culture for many years that is familiar and somehow dear to all of us, and that is part of our national and personal identity. We as hosts to those who come to our country as strangers, we should not bend ourselves to please strangers, but show them that even the seemingly unimportant Christmas culture is something very important in our lives. It is part of our identity and we should convey that to strangers and invite them to a Christmas tea so they can experience and feel our Christmas culture first-hand.

The Christmas culture, as we mentioned at the beginning, is a very old culture that goes back very far to that time and those dimensions that we call mythology, but that is what makes it so fascinating, because on its traces we can go back to our human prehistory and understand ourselves not only as beings of today, but as living histories of our ancestors and the culture they lived. This culture runs like a red thread through the history of humankind and today we hold this thread in our hands. We pass it on from generation to generation.

Let us be proud of our German Christmas culture, which encompasses not only Germany, but also Austria and parts of Switzerland, as well as all those countries that once belonged to the German cultural sphere and are now integrated into other countries because of the lost world wars. Even there you can still find German customs and German culture.

If today immigrants from another culture describe us as „stupid Germans“ or even as „Nazi Germans“ and thereby offend us, we should be aware that these people are only jealous of our German culture. This envy should not weaken us, but strengthen us, because it shows us that we have something that generates the envy of others who do not.

We should be proud to be Germans who have been belonging to the German culture  group for many centuries, because only they are really German. One who has immigrated from another culture, even though he may have been here for many years and has a German passport, is by no means a German. Real Germans go back in their bloodline to the Germanic tribes.

This brings us back to the Germanic Yulefest, which we call Christmas today.

I wish you, dear readers, a wonderful Yulefest / Christmas. Remember your ancestors and the Germanic Christmas culture and celebrate this time quite consciously a German Christmas!

Yours Helene Walterskirchen

Christmas Atmosphere in Castle Rudolfshausen

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