Carollers at the town hall

Carol singers in German do not go from house to house before Christmas eve, they do it afterwards instead – specifically between 27th December and 6th January.

During this time, the so-called “Sternsinger”, organised by the local church and who are sometimes translated as “star boys”, go from house to house to collect for a particular good cause using the year’s motto and dressed as the Three Kings.

This year the motto is “Segen bringen – Segen sein!  Respekt für dich, für mich, für andere – in Bolivien und weltweit!” (bring a blessing – be a blessing!  Respect for you, for me, for others – in Bolivia and worldwide) and the money raised will go to help children worldwide, in particular in the Bolivia.  With the whole country taking part, it is not unusual to raise over €40 million.

Before they leave they write 20*C+M+B+16 on the door frame, the letters standing for “Christus mansionem benedicat”, or “God protect this house”.

On Wednesday, children from the Liebfrauchen church in Oberursel visited the town hall, where they were received by Mayor Hans-Georg Brum, treasurer Thorsten Schorr, Alderman Christof Fink and council chairman Dr. Christoph Müllerleile.

Sternsinger - Carol Singers - at Oberursel's town hall with Thorsten Schorr (left), Christof Fink (left, back row), Dr. Christoph Müllerleile (back row, right), and Hans-Georg Brum (right).

Sternsinger – Carol Singers – at Oberursel’s town hall with Thorsten Schorr (left), Christof Fink (left, back row), Dr. Christoph Müllerleile (back row, right), and Hans-Georg Brum (right).

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Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Oberursel in 1993 and returned with his family to live there in 2003. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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