MERRY CHRISTMAS

The Christmas season has started! It is one of the most important celebrations of the year in the Christian calendar. All of Germany is in a holiday mood. Most Germans love spending these days visiting cozy, traditional Christmas markets, baking Christmas cookies, wrapping presents and spending time together.

 
 

​German Christmas food traditions

Delicious food and having family dinner together also plays a big role at Christmas. There is NO traditional German Christmas dinner. But there are some popular and typical dishes served on Christmas Eve. For example, Germans love eating sausages with potato salad. Another very popular Christmas dinner is carp, fondue and raclette. And, at Christmas, Germans also love eating roasted beef or duck with red cabbage (see above).

The timing of the Christmas meal varies. Some families enjoy their Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve, others enjoy it on Christmas Day. It also depends on the region and traditions. 

We have chosen three typical German Christmas traditions for you:

 
 

Mulled Wine (Glühwein)

The Germans love enjoying Glühwein at the Christmas markets ,(“Christkindlmarkt”), which are very famous in Germany, too. At each Christmas market various types of Glühwein, such as red or white wine or flavored with fruits, are served. The Glühwein is served in ceramic mugs, mostly decorated with images of the local Christmas markets.

 

Mulled Wine (Glühwein)

The Germans love enjoying Glühwein at the Christmas markets ,(“Christkindlmarkt”), which are very famous in Germany, too. At each Christmas market various types of Glühwein, such as red or white wine or flavored with fruits, are served. The Glühwein is served in ceramic mugs, mostly decorated with images of the local Christmas markets.

 
 

Red cabbage as side dish

A very traditional Christmas dinner is roasted duck. The most famous side dishes for such a festive dinner are red cabbage and potatoes. Some love classical flavored red cabbage, others prefer red cabbage with apple.

 
 

Christstollen

The Christmas Christstollen is very popular in Germany, too, and has a long tradition. It is a cake with nuts and fruits and a lot of symbolism. The look of the Christstollen represents the Baby Jesus in swaddling clothes. The most famous Christstollen is called Dresdner Stollen. 

 

Christstollen

The Christmas Christstollen is very popular in Germany, too, and has a long tradition. It is a cake with nuts and fruits and a lot of symbolism. The look of the Christstollen represents the Baby Jesus in swaddling clothes. The most famous Christstollen is called Dresdner Stollen. 

 
 

Ideas for Christmas dinner

Our tasty red cabbage

 

Red Cabbage with apple