Thanksgiving Germanized


Erntedankfest

How is Thanksgiving Celebrated in Germany?

In the German-speaking countries Thanksgiving is an autumn harvest celebration called Erntedank or Erntedankfest (“harvest thanksgiving festival”). It is usually observed in September or October. Similar harvest festivals are common in many countries worldwide. In Germany, the observance is often on the first Sunday in October, which is usually also the first Sunday following Michaelistag or Michaelmas (29 Sept.).

In the USA, Thanksgiving is the traditional start of the Holiday shopping season. However, in Germany the shopping season starts at Martinstag, November 11. And Germans really get into Christmas shopping after the first Adventsonntag (Advent Sunday) around December 1st.

As you can already tell, the European Thanksgiving observance is nowhere near comparable to the importance of the traditional family holiday and feast in Canada and the USA.

However, why not bring some of the German food traditions into Thanksgiving?

Of course, we don’t want to miss out on our famous Thanksgiving turkey. But maybe the sides could reflect German foods…

German Red Cabbage with AppleRed Cabbage goes great with turkey.

Hengstenberg Red Cabbage with Apple is easy and fast to prepare. You just need to put the contents of the glass into a pot and add a little water. Then you heat it up for 4-5 minutes. Done! (One glass of 24 ounces is good for 4-5 people) Currently on Sale!

German Potato Dumplings

How about German dumplings?

Pfanni Potato Dumplings half & half are already prepared in individual bags. There are 6 dumplings in the package. You just need to boil them. Keep them in their individual bag and place them into a wide pot filled with cold water and some salt. Bring everything to a boil and then let them simmer for 15 minutes. Then you remove the dumplings in their bags from the pot and briefly hold each one of them under cold running water. Finally, you remove the bags from the dumplings. Ready to serve! Order here.

DR. OETKER Milk Chocolate Instant Mousse Mix 3.1-oz (Pack of 2)Finish with a German dessert

DR. OETKER Milk Chocolate Instant Mousse is easy to prepare and very delicious. Just add milk to it, beat 3-5 min, Chill or freeze. If you freeze it, you can serve it as ice cream. Kids love it! Order here.

Hope this will get you in Thanksgiving mood already. If you have questions or comments on traditional German foods, please comment below.