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Classic Nuance Christmas Celebration in Germany: from Ginger Bread to Potato Salad


QUX.ME, BERLIN - Visiting Germany at the moment of Christmas and New Year celebrations, you will be presented with Lebkuchen or gingerbread and Spekulatius (gingerbread biscuits) that have graced the shelves of local supermarkets since early September.

From the first Sunday of Advent onwards, the Christmas market, Christmas carols and Christmas lights, all joined together and spread the spirit of Christmas throughout the country of Bavaria.

But are only Germans who are Christians celebrating Christmas?

This celebration, although it is a festival for Christians to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, but Christmas in Germany is also celebrated by Germans who have other beliefs and beliefs.

Celebrating Christmas is a family tradition that is important for the majority of the German population.

Quoted from the page www.deutschland.de, Monday (12/24/2018), about one in four Germans went to church at Christmas. Attending midnight Christmas services on Christmas Eve is a ritual that many people don't want to miss.

What traditions are celebrated in Germany?

According to a survey conducted by market research institute Yougov, the majority of Germans say that Christmas celebrations feature candle ornaments, Christmas trees, and the tradition of baking Christmas biscuits and buying gifts.

In 2016, nearly 30 million Christmas trees that stood in almost every living room in the residents' house were native trees.

That's because they don't like plastic imitation trees so much. Germany celebrated Christmas for two days and it was a national holiday for them, 25 and 26 December.

For many Germans, December 24 became Christmas Eve and was divided into two sessions namely a busy morning and a lively night.

When Christmas Eve falls on weekdays, shops are open until noon and they are very busy because many Germans certainly flock to buy gifts or food for their parties.

After that, the attention is then focused on the moment of decorating the Christmas tree using 'fairy' lights and colorful knick-knacks, then wrapping gifts and preparing a menu of dishes.

Then in the afternoon, family members gather. Some of them do traditions such as singing and making songs together.

The joyous moment continued with dinner accompanied by a distribution of prizes, this was the moment everyone was allowed to open a gift lying under the Christmas tree.

Finally, after weeks of writing a wish list, even German children hope to immediately see if their wishes are fulfilled.

Meanwhile, young men and women who have returned to their hometown for vacation, usually leave late at night to meet old friends.

Germans on Christmas Eve are also usually happy to consume potato salad. According to old Christian tradition, the period of St. Martin's Day on 11 November to 24 December is a time for fasting.

That is why simple dishes they choose to serve, such as goldfish, are symbolic menus when fasting.

However, the most popular dish in all of Bavaria is potato salad and sausage. According to a 2016 survey, potato salad became a favorite food consumed by almost one of two Germans on Christmas Eve.

Then on Christmas Day and the day after that which is a German national holiday, people will enjoy a lavish party that is served on a table decorated with very lively decorations.

The traditional Christmas food that characterizes Christmas in Germany is roasted goose with potato dumplings and red cabbage.

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