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If I ruled the world

Give or take a few spiritual details, Germans practically invented Christmas. That’s why we should celebrate the holiday as they do

By Lucy McDonald   January 2010

If I ruled the world we would celebrate Christmas in German. For 24 hours across Britain, it would become law to collectively wrestle with umlauts, to drink Riesling and to eat our bodyweight in gingerbread thrice over. We would speak like Germans, think like Germans and eat like Germans.

Warum? Well, I love Germany. I have travelled all over the country and think its contribution to civilised life is woefully underrated. This is the land of Brecht, Goethe, Kant, Einstein and Mozart. It gave us the hamburger. The frankfurter. Krautrock!

Think of modern-day Germany and what springs to mind? Bratwurst?…

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