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What Germans eat and drink on Ch


									                   What Germans eat and drink on Christmas

For most of all the greatest time of the year begins in November, it is the most contemplative
time of the year, coined by candlelight and cookies, tracery in a frosted window and mystical
christmas stories. Most of all Germans spend Christmas with their family and friends. And
then the Christmas market in Germany begins. The place is dominated by a gigantic
Christmas tree, decoration is everywhere, christmas music is heard and of course food and
drink is provided: gingerbread, stollen, almond biscuit, mulled wine, roastet meat and of
course the Glow Wine are typical for christmas which you can find at the christmas market.
This spiced wine is especially delicious when you have a bit of chill, as, in addition to its
flavors it will give you a feeling of warmth from the tip of your nose to the tip of your toes...

The stollen is traditionally made in Germany. It is a bread-like cake and it is eaten in the
Christmas season. The stollen is a light fruitcake made with yeast, water, flour and dried
citrus peel. The original stollen, the Dresdner Stollen, was created in Dresden in 1450 and is
still the most famous one. It weighs about 2 kg.
The shape of the cake was originally ment to represent the baby Jesus in swaddling clothes.

Christmas in Germany (Past – Today)
In the past there was a traditional Christmas Dinner, the so called “Mattenmahl“, where
Germans ate roast pork, which they called “Mattensau“. The Christmas Eve was a strict day
of abstinence in the Middle Ages. So it was common to eat the roast pork on 25th December
and not like today on Christmas Eve. It isn’t clear why the Germans only ate roast pork. Some
people say that this was the rime where pugs could be slaughtered and some people say that
the pigs were holy sacrificed animals. They also ate dumplings, fish, salads which contained
medical plants. Salt and breads should prevent from death, apples symbolized health and
beans and lenses symbolized prosperity. This tradition lasted hundreds of years until 24th
December 1588. On this day Queen Elizabeth I from England ate randomly selected toast
goose and she heard of the victory over the Spanish “Armanda“. So she declared the roast
goose as the feastful Christmas roast. In Germany this custom was also established about
1600 and replaced the “Mattensau“ in many places. On Christmas Eve Germans also ate a
potato salad and sausages and they celebrated a big feast on 25th December; this custom is
also well known in our present time. Today, many people eat a lot of different things on
Christmas in Germany, for example: venison, roast goose, fish, potato salad and sausages.
Some Germans do not eat their feastful Christmas roast on Christmas Eve, but on 25th

                               The christmas market in Heidelberg

                       Germans drinking glow wine at the christmas market

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