by Nadia Hassani
Sweet German Christmas specialties are the only area that seems to be untouched and untainted by the stereotype surrounding German cuisine.
Every Christmas season, German producers ship their goods all over the world, in wooden boxes and colorful metal tins embossed with winter village scenes. During GDR times, Salzwedeler Baumkuchen, the famous tree cake consisting of a mass of layers, was nationalized and the cake was produced solely for export. This not only brought in Western currency but it eventually ensured the survival of that unique tradition.
Merry Christmas to all our celebrating Young Germany readers!
Do you celebrate any of the December holidays? I’m not big on Christmas myself, but I celebrate it out of habit. And because a lot of feasting and gift giving really does a lot to brighten the whole dark, cold winter thing. For the last four years, my husband and I have stayed home and made a big feast with the other Christmas “orphans” (orphans as in those who can’t or don’t go off to visit family around the end of December). Afterwards we would play a present game—everyone wrapped up something hideous and the roll of the dice determined what you ended up stuck taking home. But this year, we were invited to my husband’s mother’s house, and so we decided to take a more traditional stab at the holidays.
For those who celebrate, today is a day of family, ornaments, food, friends, and gifts. We’ll take one last glimpse at a German Christmas market before they close up for the season. Have a great day!
Living so far from the place where I grew up, I had long ago given up on the possibilty of a chance meeting with so-and-so from whenever-a-long-time-ago. I like chance meetings. I like finding out what has become of people I knew when we were kids. Character development. It’s fascinating. But I like living in Germany more, so down the drain with chance meetings, I figured. The closest I’ve come, will probably ever come, was a few weeks ago.
The Christmas lights are sparkling in Cologne right now… Do you have a favorite Christmas market?