I’ve been living in Thuringia for a bit, and I have to wonder, the passion and love that people have for cake in this region is something shared throughout the country? Everyone loves cake at any time for any occasion!

Yes… cake. It’s popular all over Germany and the varieties are endless. Some are regional, some are based on super secret family recipes, some are currently in fashion, many are popular all over the country. Of course there is our famous Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake) afternoon ritual, and, particularly in coastal areas of the North also the TEA and cake ritual. Depending on time available and personal habits, this ritual may take place every day, just on the weekend, only on Sunday or at family gatherings, or never, around the hours of 3 and 5 pm (Kaffeezeit). Visiting relatives in different states, I have noticed that the people of Hessen and Baden-Württemberg/Schwaben even serve leftover cake or pastries for breakfast. Have not seen this in my Northern areas but it probably also just varies between families. Hope you‘re enjoying your time in Thüringen and all the cake. 🙂

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A traditional German Christmas feast on December 25 (1….

A traditional German Christmas feast on December 25 (1. Feiertag) — Roast Goose with Dumplings, Brown Sauce, and Red Cabbage + Rote Grütze mixed berry-vanilla pudding dessert

Der Aventskranz – the concept of the Advent wreath originated…

Der Aventskranz – the concept of the Advent wreath originated among German Lutherans in the 16th century. Read more about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advent_wreath

Frohe Weihnachten! Merry Christmas to all! ✨✨🎁🎄✨✨ In Germany,…

Frohe Weihnachten! Merry Christmas to all! ✨✨🎁🎄✨✨

In Germany, Christmas is a 3-day celebration, starting today (Dec 24th). Most families begin celebrating on Heiligabend (Holy Evening/Christmas Eve) in the afternoon or evening. Although there are 2 official holidays (25th and 26th), Christmas Eve isn’t officially one, so many companies and stores are open until midday, then family celebrations begin. Many Germans, often even those who never go to church otherwise, will attend church on Christmas Eve before or after the celebration. Services usually last for an hour – in many locations, there are several throughout the afternoon and evening, including the very romantic midnight masses. Families with children may go to a children’s mass which is usually shorter and dramatized with a Krippenspiel (nativity play).

The customs held upon returning from church leading to the gift giving may vary across regions and families, but one of the most traditional, old-fashioned customs sees the returning children wait to enter into the living room when a little bell rings. The bell marks the departure of the one delivering gifts. In the more Catholic regions – primarily Southern Germany – this is the Christkind (Christ Child), while in the North and elsewhere not Catholic, it’s the Weihnachtsmann (a Saint Nicholas/Santa Claus type of figure). The children then enter to see the decorated Weihnachtsbaum (Christmas tree), with all the presents beneath wrapped in colorful paper. Adults may also share gifts while the children are opening theirs. For the Bescherung (gift giving) in Germany, the only light traditionally comes from the Christmas tree (in the past generated by real candles, today generally replaced by electric lights). There also is a meal on Christmas Eve, but it’s usually not as elaborate as the big family meal the following day (Dec 25).

An alternative version held in many homes with children sees no presents lying beneath the tree. Instead, but not in the southern regions, the Weihnachtsmann (normally played by a relative, neighbor, friend or even a hired male) appears in person, knocking at the door while the family sits together. Once he is let in, he puts his sack and ‘rute’ (shepherd’s crook) aside and greets the family. He may ask the children to sing a Christmas song or recite a poem and asks them if they were naughty or nice. Most children admit that they have not always been nice, so the Weihnachtsmann wants the promise that they will do better next year before giving them all their presents. He then retreats and the family spends the rest of the evening together, enjoying gifts and company. Here, too, a meal is involved and typical Christmas foods like cookies, chocolates and nuts ate eaten as the evening progresses.

Up next: December 25 – The Big Family Feast of 1. Weihnachtstag

Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu is a brewery in München (Munich),…

Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu is a brewery in München (Munich), Southern Germany. In the year 1397, the Welser Prew was alluded to for the first time in Munich. The ownership changed often until 1854, when the brewery moved to the location it still uses today.

Regional German Food: Grüne Soße mit Kartoffeln und Ei (Green…

Regional German Food: Grüne Soße mit Kartoffeln und Ei (Green Sauce with potatoes & egg), a specialty from the state of Hessen in Central Germany, also called “Frankfurter Grie Soß” in Frankfurt dialect. The Frankfurt-style is made exclusively from 7 fresh herbs, namely parsley, chives, chervil, borage, sorrel, garden cress, and salad burnet together with sour cream, oil, vinegar, salt, mustard, and hard boiled eggs. Local area versions, often linked to seasonal availability, include dill, shallots, lovage, lemon balm, even spinach. The sauce is served cold over Pellkartoffeln (peeled boiled potatoes) or with rye bread, as an accompaniment to either hard-boiled eggs or beef brisket. It may also be served with fish or as a side dish to barbecue. A local specialty called Frankfurter Schnitzel comes with green sauce and apple cider (Apfelwein). Green sauce was supposedly Goethe’s favorite condiment. In many Hessian families, it’s part of the traditional meal eaten on Gründonnerstag (literally Green Thursday, as in Maundy Thursday).

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Hochzeitssuppe (wedding soup) is a German soup based on chicken…

Hochzeitssuppe (wedding soup) is a German soup based on chicken broth, chicken meat, mini meatballs (Fleischklößchen), asparagus heads, sometimes noodles, and savory egg custard (Eierstich). In some regions, raisins are added for good luck. It’s eaten all over the country by the bride, groom and guests as the starter on the wedding reception menu. In Westfälische Hochzeitssuppe, beef broth is used. There are numerous versions in regional cookbooks. You can also buy versions at supermarkets.

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