Celebrating Christmas Eve with a German Service

In recent months people started asking me, “Where do all these Volkswagen families in Chattanooga go to church?”

My standard reply is, “I don’t know. And it’s none of my business.”
Most Germans keep their private lives personal. And it doesn’t get any more personal than one’s religion. Unlike many people here in the Southeast, German families don’t talk much about their faith. In fact, some may not even practice a religion.
That’s why I usually stay away from faith-based topics in this blog.

During this Christmas season, however, I would like to break with that rule.  Today I learned that there will be a church service in German on Christmas Eve in Chattanooga (thanks for the lead to Jeremy @484NW611). And even Germans who don’t visit their church much during the course of a year often feel compelled to at least take part in a Christmas mass.

For those of you who are interested, the German Service will be held at the Cross of Christ Lutheran Church on Hixson Pike. The mass starts at 7 pm (that’s 19:00h for my German friends) and will be followed by a candlelight service at 10:30pm. For directions, click this link. If you have any questions regarding the service, you can call the church at (423) 877-7447.

Have a Merry Christmas y’all.

Fröhliche Weihnachten vom Schnitzel.

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