Reformation in the Christmas parlour

The ideas of the Reformation brought rebellion not only to the studies but also to the Christmas parlours. The Protestant renunciation of the veneration of saints discredited good old Saint Nicholas and prepared the stage for the Christ Child. In the 15th century, the decisions about Christmas were often taken on the streets: in Protestant regions, Christmas processions were forbidden. The Moravian star, however, is an undisputed symbol of the Good News of Christmas. Since the collapse of the communist regime in East Germany, the Protestant tradition from Upper Lusatia has spread far and wide.