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Lebkuchen: Gingerbread is Germany’s favourite Christmas treat in 2020

Not chocolate, not Spekulatius - Gingerbread is officially Germany’s favourite Christmas treat, according to a new study.

Lebkuchen: Gingerbread is Germany’s favourite Christmas treat in 2020
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Anyone who has spent any time in Germany at Christmas would know that sweets, baked treats and chocolates are a central component of the celebrations. 

But in the not-so-official Christmas rankings of the favourite sweet staple, gingerbread has come out on top, according to a study completed by German opinion researcher YouGov on behalf of the German Press Agency. 

Gingerbread took out top spot with 54 percent support, followed by spiced shortbread biscuit Spekulatius (Speculaas) with 50 percent. 

Chocolate Santa Clauses came in third at 41 percent, followed by Stollen (39 percent) and cinnamon stars (33 percent). 

Gingerbread, known as Lebkuchen (life cake) in German, has experienced somewhat of a resurgence in recent years. 

In 2013, some were concerned that the traditional baked cake had lost its lustre, after a sharp decline in sales

The rebound in popularity shows however that there still is life in the old cake, after all. 

Yougov opinion research institute surveyed almost 2,100 people aged 18 and over a few days before Christmas.

 

 

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German Christmas market closures ‘can’t be ruled out’: health expert

As Germany battles a fierce Covid wave, concerns are growing over events, with one health expert saying closures of the country's beloved Christmas markets can't be ruled out.

Revellers enjoy mulled wine at the 'Santa Pauli' Christmas market in Hamburg on November 15th.
Revellers enjoy mulled wine at the 'Santa Pauli' Christmas market in Hamburg on November 15th. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Marcus Brandt

Martina Wenker, president of the Lower Saxony Medical Association, said she believed Christmas markets may have to be cancelled if the Covid-19 situation gets worse in Germany. 

“Depending on the regional incidence situation, closures should not be ruled out in extreme cases,” Wenker told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.

“We can’t stand by and celebrate while next door in the hospitals, planned operations have to be postponed frequently, corona patients are dying, and staff in practices and clinics are at their limits.”

Wenker said regional leaders allowed the opening of Christmas markets on the basis that the Covid situation was moderate.

“But if we reach higher levels of escalation, we will have to consider whether Christmas markets are still justifiable,” she said.

Germany on Tuesday reported 32,048 Covid infections within 24 hours and 265 Covid-related deaths. The 7-day incidence increased to 312.4 Covid cases per 100,000 residents. 

READ ALSO: Germany’s Covid incidence tops 300 for first time

‘Maximum safety’

Bavarian state premier Markus Söder said on Monday that he wanted to ensure there was “maximum safety” around Christmas markets.

He said it will be among the topics discussed at the Covid crisis talks between the federal government and state leaders this Thursday. 

In general, Söder said mask requirements should remain at Christmas markets as well as distance rules and other protection measures. 

In an interview with broadcaster Bayern3, Söder explained that so far there is no legal framework for Bavaria to cancel Christmas markets. “At the moment, we cannot legally order it,” he said.

Some Christmas markets, which have recently opened to the public, are already enforcing strict rules such as excluding the unvaccinated from entry, or not serving alcohol to people unless they can show proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid. 

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Vocabulary

Christmas market – (der) Weihnachtsmarkt

Celebrate – feiern

Planned operations/procedures – geplante Eingriffe 

Postponed – verschoben

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