Celebrate Christmas the Nazi Way!

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Here is Hitler at a Christmas dinner. He didn’t seek to abolish Christmas but to transform it from a Christian holiday to a celebration of the family in a National Socialist context. The job was made easier since the German word for Christmas (Weihnacht) is non-religious in tone. Consequently, a 64-page pamphlet for Advent, released in 1943, for example, has not a single mention of Christ. Mothers were told to hang the calendar up on December 1, and turn one page a day, the final one on Christmas Eve. There are lots of pictures of winter scenes, fables, etc. Have a look here
This intention is made explicit here

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This is a couple of years before the war, when the Autobahn workers are being treated to a Christmas dinner.

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