In 1933, the US Ambassador to Germany was William Dodd. Adolf Hitler was the newly appointed chancellor and the Nazi party was ascendant.
In Erik Larson’s book “In the Garden of Beasts“, he describes the growing climate of violence, fear and oppression in Germany at this time, even as life continued in many ways unchanged. One of the things that continued unchanged was the celebration of Christmas in Berlin – a lavish celebration that stood out to the Dodd family, a family that was not religious.
“In traveling about the city that day, Dodd was struck anew by the ‘extraordinary’ German penchant for Christmas display. He saw Christmas trees everywhere, in every public square and every window. ‘One might think,’ he wrote, ‘the Germans believed in Jesus or practiced his teachings!'”