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Here are the top ten articles for the German Culture Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Authentic German Gingerbread Recipe
German Lebkuchen makes delicious spicy ginger cookies, Valentines Day or Oktoberfest Hearts, a Witches Cottage, Gingerbread Men, spicy Halloween Ghosts, Christmas decorations, a Lantern giving light and aroma, but whatever you create with this Gingerbread recipe it will always be delicious.
2. Advent Calendars, a Countdown to Christmas
December 1 means time to open one of the Advent Calendar's doors and discover the first of its twenty-four surprises. The countdown to Heiligabend, Christmas Eve, has begun. For generations an Adventskalender has been one of Germany's much loved Weihnachtszeit holiday traditions.
3. 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, and with St. Nicholas Eve on December 5 and December 6 St. Nicholas Day, "Nikolaus" is still a magical time in many regions of Europe.
4. 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, Spring and New Year held no promises.
5. Flammkuchen a German Specialty, Recipe
Flammkuchen is literally "Flaming Cake", a wafer thin pizza type crust topped by a delicious combination of classic ingredients in a creamy sauce. A year-round German favorite originating in Alsace, a region which has spent much of the last centuries belonging to either France or Germany.
6. 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". It is a holiday specialty called a Stutenkerl, Nikolaus or Weckmann depending on the region and here is its "story" with a recipe.
7. Germany's Dried Fruit People, Zwetschgenmaennla
Prune Men, or Prune People as long ago Zwetschgenmaennla the dried plum boys were joined by Zwetschgenweibla, dried plum girls, are traditional German handcrafts. Symbols of GOOD LUCK and given to celebrate everything from New Year to Weddings. The story and an easy DIY "How To" guide.
8. 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.
9. Traditional German Christmas Cookie Recipes
Weihnachts Plaetzchen, another of Germany’s Christmas traditions. Holiday cookie recipes vary from region to region and family to family, but few homes will be without their favorite Weihnachtskekse for Advent and Christmas. Here are "Pots of Love" and "Coconut Chocolate Macaroons" recipes.
10. 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 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.
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