Christmas in New York with my German parents as a child
My story is the same as yours. I have two brothers and my mother every Christmas would have a cookie plate for each one of us. In the cookie plate were the typical German cookies, a chocolate bar, an orange, an apple, walnuts and other nuts.
To this day, I still follow that tradition. On Christmas eve we would have our meal and later we were sent to our room and we could not come out until we heard the bell ringing. My brothers and I would run like crazy kids to the tree to see our presents, but before we were allowed to open our presents we had to stand in front of the tree and sing "O Tannenbaum" in German.
Once we were done, we each took turns opening a present. Great memories.
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