"Weihnachten"
in Germany

By: Jesus Rios, Brett Campbell, Brian Richardson, Tyrin Sharpe

Christmas in Germany

Christmas in Germany or like the german people say "Weihnachten" is different from how people celebrate christmas in the United States. There are some things that are similar to each other like the christmas lights, presents, and the happy mood that many people are in during the holidays. In the second picture you see christmas lights on the trees in the city of Berlin, capital of Germany, and in the third picture you see a similar setting during christmas in Berlin.

Interesting Facts

  • The Christmas tree originated in Germany during the Middle Ages. St. Boniface was preaching to the German tribes and he cut down an Oak tree, which was sacred to the Germans. He crushed all the trees except a fir tree declaring "this the tree of Christ."
  • Glass ornaments were originally hand blown in Germany and were then imported into the USA in 1880s.
  • The preparations for christmas first start on the eve of December 6th.
  • Instead of leaving milk and cookies for Santa Claus, children in Germany leave letters on there windowsill for Christking, a winged figure dressed in white robes with a golden crown who gives out gifts.

Christmas Recipes

Dutch Babies with poached rhubarb

DUTCH BABIES WITH POACHED RHUBARB- Step 1: To prepare the rhubarb, split the vanilla bean/pod lengthwise and lightly scrape the little black flecks of vanilla seeds out of the bean with the back of a knife.

Step 2: Add the seeds to a medium saucepan along with the pod, the rhubarb, sugar, and the 2 tablespoons of water. Cook over low heat until the rhubarb begins to break down and all the sugar has dissolved, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter. Squeeze a little lemon juice over the top and stir in. Set aside to cool slightly.

Step 3: Meanwhile, divide the butter between two 6-in/15 cm cast-iron frying pans or small shallow ovenproof baking dishes. Melt the butter over low heat and swirl to coat the pans. Set the frying pans on a baking sheet/tray.

Step 4: Combine the eggs, half-and-half/half cream, flour, and sugar in a blender and puree until silky and smooth, about the consistency of eggnog, about 1 minute.

Step 5: Pour the batter directly into the pool of butter in the frying pans and transfer the baking sheet/tray to the oven. Bake until the pancakes are puffed about 3 in/7.5 cm above the pans and are golden brown on top, with a little pool of butter in the center, about 20 minutes.

Step 6: Spoon over warm poached rhubarb and lightly dust with confectioners’/icing sugar. Serve the Dutch babies straight from the oven 9on a tray in bed, if you’re feeling so inclined0.

Potato Salad with bacon and apples

POTATO SALAD WITH APPLES AND BACON RECIPE: 1 Combine the potatoes and enough cold water to cover by a couple of inches in a large saucepan. Add a generous pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and cover the pan. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork. Drain well.

2 While the potatoes are cooking, cook the bacon in a heavy-based skillet over medium heat. Once cooked, remove the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels. Reserve the bacon fat in the pan. Once the bacon is cool, chop it.

3 Cook the onion in the fat in the pan on medium heat, until softened and just starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the onion from the pan to a large bowl, set aside. Add the chopped apple to the bowl.

4 Add the potatoes and chopped bacon to the onions and apple. Add the green onions, olive oil, vinegar, mustard, and thyme. Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve either warm, room temperature, or cold.

Obatzda

OBATZDA- Preheat the oven to 400º F. Using a sharp knife, cut the garlic bulb in half. Keeping the halves together, place the bulb on a sheet of aluminum foil; drizzle with olive oil and season with kosher salt. Wrap the foil around the bulb and place on a baking sheet. Bake until the garlic cloves have softened and caramelized, about 30-35 minutes. Once the bulb is cool enough to handle, squeeze the top and bottom of the cut bulb to extract the roasted cloves; set aside.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the camembert, cream cheese, butter, and beer; process until smooth. Add the reserved garlic, caraway, and paprika; process to combine. Add the rinsed and dried chopped onion and pulse 2 to 3 one second pulses just to incorporate. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Transfer the cheese mixture to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 2 hours for the flavors to blend. Bring to room temperature before serving. Sprinkle with chopped chives and more freshly ground black pepper. Serve with sliced radishes, pickled gherkins, rye crackers, and pretzel buns. Enjoy!

Gift Giving

Advent is the calendar in the top picture. It is a calendar/box, made out of cards that are used in many countries or the branches from the Fir tree, all 24 are decorated. Each box has a present inside of them.

German Catholics have the traditional visitor which is the Christkind who is Christs Child messenger. She is a beautiful fair-haired girl with a shining crown of candles who visits each house with a basket of presents.

Religious Activities

-Most people of different religions attend a midnight mass before Christmas day.

- Protestant families tell their children that Father Christmas or Santa Claus brought the presents for them.

- In Catholic families the children are told that Christkind or Christ child is the person who brought them their presents.

- During Christmas Eve many families go to a church service before eating their Christmas eve meals.

Weather Conditions

- Temperature is usually 30 degrees or less during Christmas and can go below zero.

- It can Snow

- Weather is unpredictable so you never know.

- If it snows people can snowboard, skate, and whatever winter sports they can play in the snow

-When there is no snow they stay indoors since the outside weather could reach below zero.

Traditional German Christmas Songs

German Christmas Traditions

The christmas markets originally provided food and practical supplies for the cold winter season to the german people. Eventually the markets became a holiday tradition and a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.

To make gingerbread houses in Germany is a christmas tradition since it first originated in Germany many years ago.

In Germany they put a glass pickle on the tree and on Christmas morning the children are told to find it. The first child to find the Christmas pickle gets an extra present.

Another tradition is making christbaumgeback which is a white dough that is baked and shaped to make christmas tree ornaments.

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