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!” (bring a blessing – be a blessing!) and the money raised will go to help children worldwide, in particular in Tanzania.  With the whole country taking part, it is not unusual to raise over €40 million.

Before they leave they write 20*C+M+B+13 on the door frame, the letters standing for “Christus mansionem benedicat”, or “God protect this house”.

Last Friday, children from the St.Ursula church in Oberursel visited the town hall, where they were received by treasurer Thorsten Schorr and Council Chairman Dr. Christoph Müllerleile.

Sternsinger - Carol Singers - at Oberursel's town hall with Thorsten Schorr (left) and Dr. Christoph Müllerleile (2nd from right)  Photo: Stadt Oberursel

Sternsinger – Carol Singers – at Oberursel’s town hall with Thorsten Schorr (left) and Dr. Christoph Müllerleile (2nd from right)



About Graham Tappenden

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 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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