Germany. The first taste of Christmas arrives when Lebkuchen (gingerbread) and Spekulatius (gingery biscuits) suddenly appear on the grocery store shelves at the beginning of September. From the very first Sunday in Introduction onwards, Christmas markets, Christmas hits on the radio and Christmas lights spread out the Christmas spirit throughout the land.
Do just religious Germans celebrate Christmas?
No. Although it is the Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, Christmas is also commemorated by Germans who do not profess any faith — by 78% in all. Commemorating Christmas is a crucial family tradition for many people. Approximately one in four Germans go to church at Christmas. Attending the Christmas service at midnight on Christmas Eve is a ritual that numerous would not like to miss out on.
What are Christmas customs in Germany?
According to a study by the Yougov market research institute, many people said Christmas includes candles, a Christmas tree, baking Christmas biscuits and buying presents. In 2016, nearly 30 million Christmas trees stood in German living rooms– ideally real ones, due to the fact that plastic replicas are discredited.
What takes place in the course of a common German Christmas?
Germany celebrates Christmas with 2 public holidays, 25 and 26 December. For many individuals, 24 December, Christmas Eve, is divided into a hectic morning and a festive evening. When Christmas Eve falls on a working day, the shops are open till noon and they are really hectic as people buy their last presents or food for the festive meal. Afterwards attention concentrates on decorating the Christmas tree with fairy lights and colourful baubles, concluding presents and preparing food.
In the early evening the members of the family gather. Some cultivate customs like singing and making music together. The evening meal is followed by the circulation of presents: this is when everyone is permitted to unwrap the parcels lying under the Christmas tree. Finally, weeks after composing dream lists to the Christ Child, children expectantly wait to see whether their wishes have actually been fulfilled.
Young people who have returned to their home towns for the vacations often set off again late in the evening to meet up with old buddies.
Why do Germans consume potato salad on Christmas Eve?
According to the old Christian tradition, the duration from St Martin’s Day on 11 November till 24 December was a time of fasting. That is why an easy meal is served– for example, carp, due to the fact that fish is the symbolic fasting meal. Nevertheless, the most popular dish throughout the nation is potato salad with sausages; according to a 2016 study, that is what nearly one in 2 Germans eat on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day and the day after, which are both public holidays, people enjoy an extravagant delight in a festively embellished table. The traditional Christmas meal is roast goose with potato dumplings and red cabbage.