We wish you a Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas

Almost one year ago, we told you about the typical German traditions of mulled wine, red cabbage as side dish for your Christmas dinner and the Christstollen. However, there are more well-known and some almost unknown traditions. For example, do you know the little acquainted tradition of the Christmas gherkin?

 
 

The Advent Calendar

The Advent Calendar is a well-known tradition beloved by children and becoming increasingly popular among young adults. It consists of mostly self-made boxes and bags filled with small presents. Every day in December until the 24th, children are allowed to open one box or bag filled with sweets, toys and small gifts.

 

The Advent Calendar

The Advent Calendar is a well-known tradition beloved by children and becoming increasingly popular among young adults. It consists of mostly self-made boxes and bags filled with small presents. Every day in December until the 24th, children are allowed to open one box or bag filled with sweets, toys and small gifts.

 
 

The Christmas gherkin

Nobody knows exactly where this tradition originated. This less known tradition is based on a small gherkin made of glass and painted green with golden loop. The gherkin is hidden on one of the branches of the Christmas tree and the children have to find the gherkin. But there is a catch: the children can not touch the tree. The first to find the green vegetable gets an extra present.

 
 

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is celebrated the same throughout Germany. The focus is on the family: on the 24th of December families go to church, followed by a typical German dinner like sausages with typical German potato salad and then the presents are unwrapped. Unlike in the US many German families celebrate the 24th as Christmas Eve. For your perfect Christmas dinner, be it on the 24th or the 25th, we recommend roast beef with red cabbage and mashed potatoes. See the recipe below.

 

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is celebrated the same throughout Germany. The focus is on the family: on the 24th of December families go to church, followed by a typical German dinner like sausages with typical German potato salad and then the presents are unwrapped. Unlike in the US many German families celebrate the 24th as Christmas Eve. For your perfect Christmas dinner, be it on the 24th or the 25th, we recommend roast beef with red cabbage and mashed potatoes. See the recipe below.

 
 

A recipe for your Christmas dinner

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