Germans celebrated Christmas days with a great joy and the refugees shared these celebrations with the help of organizations which take care of their integration in the German society.
We see in all Germany the streets and the houses are decorated with lights, candles, Christmas trees and everywhere exist the Christmas markets. In the city center of Bonn, there is a great Christmas market.
People gather there to drink mulled wine “Glühwein” or eat Christmas sweets with friends and relatives. In the last years we can see clearly refugees in these Christmas markets.
How do refugees look at the Christmas fests in Germany?
Germany has guested refugees, who come a lot of them from wars areas like Syria where there is no more any kind of fests, where there are just destruction and death. These refugees who have different kinds of religions and most of them are Muslims, are taking part in the Christmas days, having with Germans fun, and walking around in the Christmas markets.
A Syrian refugee woman, her name is Nour, who has lived in Bonn with her husband and two children for two years, has told me that she is happy with Christmas days, it is like the Eid al-Fitr and Christmas in Syria where is the joy and happiness overcame all people before the war.
I asked her about her Opinion about Christmas market in the city center, she said “I love to walk among the wooden kiosks which are full of sweets, textiles, presents and handicrafts, it is similar to what we had in Syria”, she added gladly, “the food is delicious here, especially the Christmas cakes, it is similar to our cakes that we used to make, when we had fests and my kids like to plays there with the big wheel and children cars, but the difference between here and what we had in Syria is the prices; the products here are really expensive.”
Our happiness is not complete
While Nour was finishing her speech with an interrupted voice, a drop of tears fell on her cheeks, she sighed and said “well, our happiness is not complete we always miss Syria, we are wondering when we can turn back to our home and spend our fests with our family and relatives?”
Exchanging presents for Christmas
The most especial things in Christmas days is giving presents to friends and relatives, refugee also send and receive presents. A Syrian refugee is called “RAHAF” prepared a gift to her neighbor for Christmas and she said: “I like to share Germans their happiness and surprised them with presents. I consider it as a response to their help and guesting us in their country. I feel Germany as my new home.”
Organizations help refugees to participate in Christmas
Many of human organizations support refugees in Bonn and help them to integrate in the society. “Save Me Bonn” is one of these organization which work very hard to organize meetings among refugees and German volunteers in Bonn. It includes many young volunteers, some of them are university students who help refugees. It arranged a Christmas program and published it on its Facebook page. Its activities contain visiting the Christmas markets, making a party to sing Christmas songs and a meeting to make Christmas cakes.
There are also Germans know and help refugees individually, MR Hermann Goebel is one of them. He told me that many German people know refugees as neighbors and it is good that both of them meet each other. I asked him about his own experience when he was walking around with the refugees in the Christmas market he told me that he discovers how they look at things, what they like and what they don’t like.
He added “ showing the Beauty and the joy of our fests to our neighbors create a kind of happiness and Pleasure, the person can see the life with a new and different eyes”.