Christmas in Germany

It's Christmas here in Germany (there is no need to call it "the Holidays" here, as just about everybody celebrates Christmas, whether religious or not. Faiths other than Catholic or Lutheran are virtually non-existent here). 

Of course you know Germany for it's wonderful Christmas traditions: Christmas markets in the weeks leading up to the big event. Delicately decorated Christmas trees. Fine baked goods such as Lebkuchen or Printen. And the Food… Yes, a feast.

Many families prepare roast duck or goose on Christmas day, though that has changed somewhat since when I was a child and just about everyone does pretty much what they want. Even dining out is a family tradition on Christmas Day or the 26th, the "2. Weihnachtsfeiertag" or second holiday.

We're going the "Christmas Dinner Light" route with roast chicken instead of related fowl (more meat).

Merry Christmas!