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2006 Jan 22
November 28th 2009
A little piece of Germany

Posted by D under family

I understand that for most people the strongest memories and connections to their childhood are smells and tastes. That’s certainly true for me. And one of the tastes and smells closets connected to Christmas is actually Christstollen.

My mother used to bake several Stollen about a month (or two? definitely a long time) before Christmas and then age them in the cool attic – wrapped in plastic garbage bags. Sounds odd? I don’t care. They were delicious.

So yesterday for snack I took the girls to a German store close by and had them try Christstollen. And they liked it. A lot. So today we bought some – not home baked and aged, but good quality commercial Stollen. Can’t have everything. But what we got was good. Not perfect, but good.

The next little piece of edible German culture will come next Sunday when we’ll celebrate St. Nikolaus. I talked to the girls about this tradition already – they were confused about why someone would put chocolates in a boot, but my guess is they’ll go along with it.

In the meantime I’m getting ready for another trip; I’ll leave for London tomorrow.

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3 Responses to “A little piece of Germany”

  1. M3 on 29 Nov 2009 at 8:49 am #

    Sounds fun! Can’t wait to hear about the chocolate in a boot also.

    TubaDad is heading for London tonight — maybe the two of you can share a pint over there. (Probably won’t be anywhere near each other, but hey it’s definitely worth an email to check. I’ll ask him, just as soon as I get some coffee. I do have my priorities, ya know.)

  2. Teri on 02 Dec 2009 at 6:19 am #

    When I was a little girl, this was the time of year my grandma and grandpa got out their springerle molds and made the cookies by the dozens and dozens… The house would smell great, but I could never acquire a taste for the anise in those cookies.

    We also always celebrated St. Nicholas day on December 5th. We’d put our socks out the night before and the next day they would be overflowing with oranges, nuts and candy.

    Thanks for the reminder!!

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