Christmas traditions

Christmas food


1 goose (4kg)
a pinch of salt
a pinch of pepper
any other spices you like

Clean the goose inside and out, pat dry and rub the inside and outside with salt and pepper.
Put water in the baking dish ( 2cm high), close it and put it in the oven( 190°).
Once every hour, baste the goose with the fat from the roasting pan and fry without lid the last 1/4 hour.
If you discharge the lid, the goose gets a final look at the fat from the roasting pan and sprinkle it with salt - so the skin of the goose is salty and crispy.

Mulled wine:
1 litre red wine
¾ litre water

2 lemonjuice
250 gr sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 bags black tee
5 cloves
½ litre orangejuice

Boil water ,add the tea bags and let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and mix all liquids. Put the cinnamon sticks and cloves in a tea infuser. Also put in the rest of the ingredients. Stop boiling, but keep it warm.
Tip: This naturally fits the Christmas cookies and especially the fruit bread.
                                                                                                                                  ZEHRA and EVA

1 kg flour
450 g butter
1/2 liter milk
200 g sugar
100 g of yeast, fresh, 2 1/2 cube
10 g of salt
Ginger powder, cinnamon, cardamom and mace. 1 tsp
1 pinch Carnation ground
1 lemon, paring (untreated)
1 tablespoon almond - flavour or 30 g bitter almonds
1 tsp ginger, freshly grated
30 g ginger

500 g raisins (half dark and half light)
150g currants
150 g almond slivered,
150 g lemon - shells, candied
150 g of orange - shells, candied
100 g butter
60 g sugar
70 g icing sugar
4 pck. Vanilla sugar, real

Flour in a large bowl, sift baking, make a small indentation in the middle, Crumble yeast, mix with a little heated milk and 1 teaspoon sugar into a liquid slurry. This dough can go 45 minutes in a warm place.
Raisins and currants with boiling water, allow to swell for 15 minutes. Then drain and dry thoroughly with a kitchen towel. Candied lemon and orange peel chop. Diving or use scissors knife to in hot water.
Butter heated until it is liquid. Warm milk warm. The dough with the butter, milk, sugar and spices stir. Dough beat vigorously until he comes off as bales from the edge of the bowl.
Tip: knead dough by hand, then you have a better feeling for his consistency. Let rise about 1 hour dough.
Only now the raisins, add the almonds and candied fruits. Knead again and let rise 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 180 ° C (top and bottom heat). Stollen baking lid and baking tray with butter ausfetten. Tunnel into and bake. 10-15 minutes before end of baking time the cleats back cover can be removed.
While still hot, brush with melted butter, sprinkle with hail and vanilla sugar, in the end with powdered sugar. Let cool completely and wrap airtight with cling film and aluminum foil.
Returns a VERY large lugs (baking sheet size !!) or 2 smaller ones. There are commercially tunnel baking hoods to buy as a baking support.

The advent wreath

175 years ago (1833) a man named
Johann Hinrich Wichern from Germany
invented the first advent corone in a
home for orphans.
It had 4 big white candles for each sunday before christmas
and 20 little red candles for
the working days.

Advent corones today

Nowadays the advent corones have just 4 candles
for each sunday until christmas.
Many German families have an advent corone which is lit on sunday.

                                                                           Love Eva and Erona:-)

  Christmas tree

... 1539 zeigt einen Weihnachtsbaum aufgestellt im Straßburger Münster

The Christmas tree is a fir tree, which is situated at Christmas time in churches, homes and villages and decorated with fairy lights, candles, glass balls, tinsel, angels or other figures. This Christmas custom was spread in the 19th century by Germany and has now become traditionally all over the world.


Jan-Lukas, Moritz, Nikola



What are Germans like?

The European neighbors call the Germans especially well organized, accurate and often pedantic.
Reliability, friendliness and sociability are characteristics that are often seen in the Germans. One in five Dutch describes the Germans as nice and friendly people, at least one fifth of the French emphasizes the partnership with its European neighbors. In Russia up to eight percent of the people say that they like the Germans. However: Almost one in five Czechs think the Germans are arrogant, eight percent of Austrians say spontaneously that they do not like the Germans, and nearly one in ten Italians still connects Germany with Hitler and the Nazis.                        (


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March 2014
Capital: Berlin
Area: 357 092 square kilometers
Population: 82.3 million inhabitants
16 states
When someone says „Germany“ a lot of people think of Bratwurst and Sauerkraut, 
but most of the younger people don't eat Sauerkraut.

Bratwurst mit Sauerkraut

Most popular cities

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Cathedral of cologne
Castle Neuschwanstein in Bavaria

Christmas market in Nuremberg
Berlin Wall
and many more...

File:Berlin Brandenburger-Tor 0141 a.jpg
Brandenburger Tor, Berlin


Population: 3.415.091
Area: 3.415.091 square kilometers
most popular city in Germany
many cultures

berliner mauer by 8Dix
Berliner Mauer - Wall of Berlin

From 1961 to 1989  a big wall  went through Berlin and whole Germany, it devided Germany into two parts.

 Tunahan and Diyar

March 2014 
Oktoberfest Munich

Oktoberfest is the world's largest fair held annually in Munich (Bavaria) in the south of Germany. It is a 16-day festival running from late September to the first weekend in October with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. To the locals, it is often simply called Wiesn, after the colloquial name of the fairgrounds themselves. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also held Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event.

The festival is now 17 days when the first Sunday is October 2 and 18 days when it is October 1. In 2010, the festival lasted until the first Monday in October, to mark the anniversary of the event. Large quantities of Oktoberfest Beer were consumed, with almost 7 million litres served during the 16 day festival in 2007. Visitors may also enjoy a mixture of attractions, such as amusement rides, sidestalls and games, as well as a wide variety of traditional food such as hendle (roast chicken), Schweinebraten (roast pork), Schweinshaxe (grilled ham hock), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Würstl (sausages) along with Brezen (pretzel), Knödel (potato or bread dumplings), Käsespätzle (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes) or Rotkohl/Blaukraut (red cabbage) along with such Bavarian delicacies as Obatzda (a spiced cheese-butter spread) and Weisswurst (a white sausage). During this festival people eat and drink big amounts.

Only in Bavaria people wear those clothes you can see on the photos :-) Here in Halle we prefer jeans and pullovers :-)))


David and Ozan

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