Many Christmas markets, cribs, streets lit up with festive lights and decorated shops contribute to the magical festive atmosphere throughout the country. Many Christmas trees are decorated as long as two or three weeks before Christmas. On the first Sunday of advent, the first candle on the Adventskranz (advent wreath) is lit. This action is repeated on the following three Sundays.
The majority of Luxembourgers are Catholic, and they mostly meet up on Christmas Eve for a festive meal. For practising Christians, this is also an opportunity to attend midnight mass.
While in the past many families ate Träipen (black pudding) served with mashed potato and apple compote upon their return from mass, today meals are more inspired by the culinary traditions of our neighbouring countries, perfectly reflecting Luxembourg's multiculturalism: poultry (turkey, goose, capon), fondue or seafood. Followed by a Yule log or cakes (Stollen, Bamkuch) for dessert.
The most typical snacks are Gromperekichelcher (potato fritters), Boxemännercher (brioche men), washed down with a nice Glühwäin (mulled wine).
For Luxembourgers, it isn't Father Christmas who brings gifts, but d'Chrëschtkëndchen (the infant Jesus).
25 December, Chrëschtdag (Christmas Day) and 26 December, Stiefesdag (Boxing Day), are public holidays.
(Article written by the editorial team of the www.luxembourg.lu portal)