Our beloved Aunt in Germany has stopped coming to South Africa for Christmas. She prefers to soak up the Christmas cheer with her friends at the many Christmas Markets and then escape the wet weather of January through to April by soaking up the much-needed sun here in South Africa. I can’t blame her! However, we have experienced a huge loss due to this decision. Lebkuchen, Stollen and Cinnamon Stars!
Nothing made it feel more like Christmas than getting together on a Sunday for “Advent Coffee” and gorging on pieces of Stollen, (German Christmas Cake), Lebkuchen, (a type of spiced cake, sometimes coated in chocolate) and Zimt Sterne, (Cinnamon Stars). Thankfully, due to a more global economy, some stores here in South Africa started stocking various of these items imported from Germany. Hooray, we could eat Lebkuchen for another year! Last year my hopes were dashed when I found that many stores decided that South Africans would stick to the humble Christmas mince-pie and didn’t bring in any of my favourite German delicacies. Luckily for me, Hubby did a visit to Germany, and at my request, came back with the much awaited mother load of Lebkuchen and Zimt Sterne! So we celebrated another year the ‘normal’ way.
This year I went on another scavenger hunt on the quest to find Lebkuchen, which I found, although the price could suck the Christmas cheer out of anybody! So I bought my stash and packed it away in the grocery cupboard awaiting our first Advent with my Father-In-Law. Coffee was made and my stash of Lebkuchen and Stollen were enjoyed. I didn’t put it all out, there are four Sundays till Christmas and I was determined to have a bit every Sunday!
The box was considerably lighter this Sunday… I was horrified! What happened to my stash!
Devastated, I informed Hubby that we were a few Lebkuchen short of an “Advent Coffee” when he, looking most forlorn, exclaimed “Oh no! I was enjoying my lebkuchen in the mornings, don’t we have any more?”
So while we were all tucked up in bed with “visions sugar plums dancing in our heads” Hubby was starting his day with a morning mug of java and a Lebkuchen or two!
My New Years Resolution…. learn to bake!