It may be a wonderful way to pass the time till Christmas in Germany, but there’s much more to the holiday season here than drinking mulled wine at Christmas markets. The four weeks leading up to the big day are filled with German Christmas traditions that bring lots of oft much-needed cheer to the short, cold days and long, dark evenings. This year, I wanted to celebrate those here.
Every day between now and Christmas Eve, I’ll be sharing the festive bits and bobs that many Germans embrace at this time of year… and I’ll be doing it from A to Z. I’ll link each post here below as we go, so you can browse them easily by the end.
Wishing you all a very happy Adventzeit, wherever you are!
A is for Advent and Aachener Printen
B is for Bethmännchen, Bratäpfeln and Butterplätzchen
C is for Christstollen
D is for Dampfnudeln and Dominosteine
E is for Eierlikör, Eierpunsch and Ente
F is for Feuerzangenbowle and Früchtebrot
G is for Glühwein and Gänsebraten
H is for Honig, Honigwein, Heisser Apfelwein and Heiligabend
I is for Ingwer
J is for Johannistaler
K is for Kekse, Kerzen, Karousel and Krampus
L is for Lebkuchen and Lebkuchenherzen
M is for Marzipan, Mozartskugeln, Mandeln and Maronen
N is for Nüsse, Nürnberg, Nussknacker and Nikolaus
O is for Orangen
P is for Pfeffernüsse, Plätzchen and Pralinen
Q is for Quarkbällchen and Quarkstollen
R is for Reibekuchen, Rumkugeln and Raclette
S is for Schneebällchen, Springerle, Spekulatius, Stollen, Schwarz-Weiss-Gebäck and Spritzgebäck