28,500 Union Berlin fans gather to sing Christmas carols

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of Union Berlin fans gathered together on Monday to sing Christmas carols and celebrate a Bundesliga debut that has been exceeding expectations.

Some 28,500 supporters held candles as they packed the stands and covered the pitch of Union’s Stadion An der Alten Försterei (Stadium at the Old Forester’s House), singing old favorites such as “O Tannenbaum” (O Christmas Tree), “Kling, Glöckchen, kling,” (Ring, little bell, ring) and “Stille Nacht” (Silent Night).

Many wore Santa hats – which conveniently share the club’s colors – or reindeer antlers, and fueled their singing voices with mulled wine or beer. The smell of grilled bratwurst sausages filled the festive air as the fans gathered for what has become an annual
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