This unit was updated in September 2022.
- das Geschenk → present, gift
- die Bescherung → the present-opening
- Wann ist bei euch Bescherung? → When do you open your Christmas presents?
- der Weihnachtsbaum → Christmas tree
- den Weihnachtsbaum schmücken → to decorate the Christmas tree
- die Weihnachtskugel oder die Kugel → bauble
- Wir haben den Weihnachtsbaum mit Kugeln geschmückt. → We’ve decorated the Christmas tree with baubles.
- der Nikolaustag
- Am Nikolaustag stellen die Kinder ihre Schuhe vor die Tür. → On St Nicholas’ Day, the children put their shoes in front of their house door.
- Download the unit booklet as a PDF (also embedded below)
- Leo Online Wörterbuch
- Two episodes in the excellent Slow German Podcast by Annik Rubens: Weihnachten | Weihnachtsmarkt
- An audio and text from Deutsch-to-go.de: Der Weihnachtsmann → PDF of audio provided here
- A short video from Die Sendung mit der Maus → How Advent Calendars are Made
- An episode from the engaging Grüße aus Deutschland podcast is embedded below. Click on the word “DESCRIPTION” to read the text.
The pins are based on the gender of the noun: blue for masculine nouns; red for feminine nouns; green for neuter nouns. Click on the ⓘ symbol on each label to hear the noun pronounced. For English translations of each expression, click on the lightbulb .
This Kahoot is based on the vocabulary on pages 2-4 of the unit booklet. The quiz is entirely in German, but most of the questions are quite simple.
Quizizz: Mein Wunschzettel → paper version on right
This quiz focuses on the correct accusative endings after sentence starts such as:
- Zu Weihnachten wünsche ich mir…
- Ich hätte gern…
Audio Quiz: Die Adventszeit
Two brothers prepare for Christmas and the festive season. This quiz would be appropriate for independent students who have been learning for a year or two.
This game is best printed on an A3 piece of paper for each group of 2-3 students.
This is a set of more detailed instructions for students who can handle a range of sentences and are fairly independent.
Students can play this game with dice and buttons. Wherever they land, they must try to make up a sentence using the infinitive expression on that square.
Another option could be for the first student to ask a question based on that square’s expression. The second student could answer the question.