Christmas time in Austria
here are a lot of traditions combined with Christmas in Austria. An important part of the festival is the right choice of the Christmas tree and its decoration. The tree is normally located in the living room and decorated with candles and “Christbaumkugeln”. The most frequent choice for a Christmas tree is the fir tree. The bigger gifts are put under the tree, the little ones sometimes even between the branches. The traditional meal is both simple and tasty. Nearly every family dishes up a typical Austrian “Würschtlsuppe”. But above all stands the wish for peace. We use this time to think about our relatives and also people who are not doing so well. Therefore, Christmas is also the time where conflicts should be forgotten – fortunately most of them are.
The tranquil mood during Christmas time is sometimes interrupted by stressed husbands that are trying to get the perfect present for their wife by skitting from shop to shop. The typical sweets at this time are specific Christmas cookies and especially “Vanillekipferl”. Of course, no matter who you ask, the cookies of their own grandmother or mother are the best in the world. Before the “Bescherung” the family members gather in front of the tree and sing some Christmas songs together – not always hitting the right notes but at least with enthusiasm and passion.
And that’s maybe the real spirit – not only for Christmas in Austria but for the Austrians themselves. We are not necessarily trying to change things , but accept the people and nature as they are and make the best out of their natural abilities. We, as mafi think this is the proper message and philosophy we want to deliver for this year’s Christmas here from Austria.
“Adventskalender”: a sweet countdown to Christmas Eve usually with chocolate and our this year´s present for you
“Christbaumkugeln”: glitter balls in sparkling colors hanging on the Christmas tree for decoration
“Würschtlsuppe”: a traditional soup with sausages in it – not healthy but tasty
“Vanillekipferl”: little cookies in half moon form and vanilla flavour – definitely not healthy but absolutely delightful
„Bescherung“: Christmas Eve when everybody exchanges their gifts
Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
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