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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. 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.

3. St. Martin's Day in Germany, November 11
Germany's children bring light and music to Sankt Martinstag. St. Martin's Day. Candle lit lantern processions, singing, a "Weckmann" enjoyed by an open fire. Beginning with church services in his honor the day often ends with "Martinsgans" - Martin's Goose with all the trimmings.

4. 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.

5. Halloween, All Saints and All Souls Day in Germany
Halloween has appeared in Germany. Witches, Germany's "Forest Goddesses" from pagan times have returned, carved pumpkins, ghosts and skeletons are found on some streets, but it is a limited celebration alongside the country's centuries old "All Saints" and "All Souls" Day traditions.

6. Birthdays in Germany
Don't whatever you do wish a German Geburtstagkind, Birthday Child, Happy Birthday until the actual day. One minute after midnight yes, but not a second before. While someone celebrating their 90th needs a very large cake, perhaps even a fire extinguisher. Why? It's "Birthdays" the German way.

7. Oktoberfestherzen - Gingerbread Cookie Hearts
Oktoberfest in Munich: The super sized version of a traditional Bavarian harvest festival, and heart shaped gingerbread cookies decorated with mottoes are an unmissable part of its calorific food, and a 'sweet' accompaniment to 'Wiesn-Mass', Oktoberfest beer.

8. Volkstrauertag, Remembrance Day in Germany
November's Volkstrauertag in Germany represents all who died or were left to mourn as victims of violence brought about by combat or oppression. Military and civilian. From Europe's old battlefields to the armed conflicts and struggles in our present-day world.

9. Ostalgie a Taste of East Germany, Recipes
In the days of a communist East Germany meals were planned around what was available that day. Queues were long and legendary and a banana was to be seen on television but rarely in a store. Appetizing healthy food was served nevertheless, and here is a "Taste of East Germany".

10. A Beef Rollups Recipe - Rinderrouladen
Rinderrouladen, "Beef Rollups", slices of beef rolled up around a seasoned onion and bacon filling, served in a wine sauce. A delicious, and classic, "cold weather meal" in Germany, once considered so special they were saved for celebrations or Sundays, now a very traditional dinner choice.



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