One of the most enjoyable things about spending Christmas in Germany has been learning about the food.
My family is from Jamaica and I grew up in Canada, so spending the holidays in Germany and learning the cultures and traditions surrounding German Christmas has been an eye-opening experience.
One of the main differences I have noted between German and Jamaican/ Canadian Christmas is that gift-giving seems to take place on the 24th here. Due to scheduling conflicts, this year Liebling this year we exchanged gifts on the 24th, 25th, and 26th, but that’s not typical, usually it’s done on the 24th. Back home in Canada, nearly everyone I know does it on the 25th.
|My lovely Christmas gifts- one of them was a Kindle! Thanks, Liebling!
The food was not only exquisitely tasty, but also very new to me. The festive season here is celebrated by eating typically German foods. I thought I would share some of the lovely things I have been eating over the last few days.
Liebling told me that many German families eat GANS (goose) during Christmas. This bird was in the oven for almost 12 hours, and was as delicious as it looks. Filled with stuffing, this is often the centrepiece of the meal.
This red mixture is called ROTKOHL, which translates into red cabbage. It is fairly sweet.
I love carbs, so I was very happy when these dumplings, called KLÖSE made an appearance. They are chewy and salty.
Liebling’s family drinks champagne during the holiday season. I don’t drink alcohol, so opt for apple juice mixed with sparkling water, called APFELSCHORLE.
This gravy garnished the dumpling and meet dishes. It is simply called SOßE in German, translated as sauce.
I stuffed myself with chocolate and the special star-shaped cookie you see on the left side of this picture. The cookie is traditionally German and called PLÄTZCHEN.
I also loved the cookie in this picture. It is made of cinnamon and called ZIMTSTERN in German.
This chocolate cake resembles the moelleux au chocolat cake native to France. This cake is a Belgian product sold all over Europe called GÜ.
This pasta-like food is called SPÄTZLE.
This is deer meat. It has a bit of a gamey taste, and is called REH in German.
And there you have it: my food exploration thus far in Germany! What special things do you eat for Christmas where you live or where you’re from?
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