Christmas Eve – the most important day of christmas over here in Germany. I spent the day back home with the family. At noon we went to the lighthouse where the tromboine choir played christmas carols. Hundreds of people meet there and sing along. The silence before the storm in the afternoon.. ;)
In the early evening it is time for potato salad and sausages, our traditional christmas eve dinner. Then it is time to light up the christmas tree and sing christmas carols with the family. Every year one of my siblings starts making funny faces that everyone has to start laughing. And finally.. finally we exchange christmas gifts. Just one present for everyone. We make it very small. A long time ago we decided to skip the gift terror and it made christmas a lot more relaxed.
On my family tree we celebrate the birthday of my 3rd cousin 3x removed Margarethe Emma Erna GOTTSCHALK on December 24, 1882 in Alt Jasswitz, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.
She received her christening on January 1, 1883 and her confirmation on April 11, 1887, both in the church of Hohenkirchen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.
She was the first surviving child of Engelhard Joachim Heinrich GOTTSCHALK, a fee farmer from Alt Jassewitz and his wife Maria Sophia Dorothea née FRAHM.
The 1900 census shows her living in Wismar, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany – learning to be a cook: