Feuerzangenbowle, a Traditional Hot Punch Recipe
Germany’s Feuerzangenbowle, Flaming Fire Tongs Punch, made with red wine, rum and sugar flambé, is not only a traditional Christmas and New Year’s drink but a favorite throughout the winter and holiday season.
German Christmas Cookie Recipes
Vanilla Crescents and Cinnamon Stars are two of the most popular Weihnachts plaetzen. The traditional 'Holiday Cookies', or Weihnachtskekse, which are a central and indispensable part of a Christmas in Germany.
St. Nicholas in Germany
Without St. Nicholas there would be no Santa Claus. His reputation as a secret benefactor and giver of gifts made him the inspiration for Sinterklaas, and with St. Nicholas Eve on December 5, and December 6 St. Nicholas Day, "Nikolaus" is still a magical time in many areas of Germany.
Advent Calendars, a Countdown to Christmas
For generations on December 1 the Advent Calendar's first door is opened, and the countdown to Heiligabend, Christmas Eve begins. It is a much loved Weihnachtszeit, Christmastime, holiday tradition for the young and not so young in Germany.
Advent Wreaths and Advent in Germany
Advent Wreaths don't decorate doors in Germany but sit on flat surfaces or hang from a height, and have four candles surrounded by evergreen foliage. One for each of Advent's four weeks. 'Die Adventskraenze', just one of many traditions that are a part of Christmas in Germany.
Weckmann, A Bread Man Recipe
In German speaking countries no St. Martin's Day or St. Nicholas celebration would be complete without a traditional sweet yeast dough "Bread Man". A specialty for the days leading to the holidays known as Stutenkerl, Nikolaus or Weckmann depending on the region, here is its 'story' and a recipe.
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