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Here are the Editor's Picks articles for the German Culture Site! These are the top ten articles that your German Culture Editor feels are most important for you to read. Enjoy!
1. 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.
2. Germany's Christmas Markets
Advent in Germany and the traditional "Weihnachtsmaerkte" begin to open. Famous the world over the Christmas Markets, with their enchanting nostalgic atmosphere and delicious seasonal aromas, are an intrinsic and unforgettable part of the German holiday season.
3. Advent Calendars, a Countdown to Christmas
On December 1 the first of the Advent Calendar's twenty-four surprises is discovered and the countdown to Heiligabend, Christmas Eve, begins. An Adventskalender, for generations a much loved Weihnachtszeit holiday tradition in Germany.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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" is filled with celebrations and age old customs, and a rich and colorful mix of the religious, secular, traditional, folk and food.
7. Traditional Christmas Cookie Recipes
Baking Weihnachts Plaetzchen is another of Germany’s centuries old traditional Christmas customs. Holiday cookie recipes vary from region to region and family to family, but during Advent, even amongst those who do not follow the Christian faith, few homes will be without their Weihnachtskekse.
8. 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" held no promises.
9. German Specialty, Roast Goose Recipe
"Koelner Martinsgans" is a delicious St. Martin's Goose specialty from Cologne. Roast Goose, Red Cabbage and Dumplings are enjoyed from autumn onwards, not only for the Christmas, New Year's Eve and St. Martin's Day festivities, and here is a recipe with the traditional side dishes.
10. The Christmas Tree Apple, the Paradiesapfel
There is red apple hidden amongst the branches of many German Christmas Trees during Weihnachten, "Der Paradiesapfel" - The Paradise Apple. For the finder it's a symbol of 'hope' and 'promise' that something lost will be regained, or a goal or purpose revealed.
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