Germany 1946/47, The Hunger Winter
Europe lay in rubble, and the winter of 1946/1947 was the coldest in living memory. Known in Germany as the time of "Weisser Tod", white death, and "Schwarzer Hunger", black hunger, hundreds of thousands died. Weihnachten was different that year and New Year and Spring held no promises.
Christmas in Germany
Christmas Eve, "Heiligabend", is not only the most eagerly awaited but also the most significant of Germany's Twelve Days of Christmas. "Weihnachten" - filled with celebration and age old customs. A rich and colorful mix of the religious, secular, traditional, folk and...food.
St. Nicholas in Germany
There would be no Santa Claus if there hadn't been a St. Nicholas, his reputation as a secret benefactor and giver of gifts was the inspiration for Sinterklaas. Santa Claus. St. Nicholas Eve on December 5 and December 6 St. Nicholas Day make "Nikolaus" a magical time in many regions of Europe.
Advent Calendars, a Countdown to Christmas
December 1...time to open one of the doors of the Advent Calendar, and discover the first of its twenty-four surprises. The countdown to Heiligabend, Christmas Eve, has begun and for generations an Adventskalender has been one of Germany's much loved Weihnachtszeit holiday traditions.
Advent Wreaths and an Advent in Germany
Advent Wreaths don't decorate doors in Germany, they sit on flat surfaces or hang from a height and their four candles are surrounded by evergreen foliage. One for each of Advent's four weeks. "Die Adventskränze"...one of many traditions that are a part of Christmas in Germany.
Weckmann, A Bread Man Recipe
No November St. Martin's Day, or St. Nicholas, in German speaking countries would be complete without a "Stutenkerl", "Nikolaus" or "Weckmann". Same "Bread Man" just a different name depending on the region. A traditional sweet yeast dough holiday specialty, here is its story and a recipe.
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