24 German Christmas facts: DW's Advent calendar
Potato salad dinner
The most popular Christmas Eve dinner in Germany is potato salad with wieners, a 2014 study found. Perhaps because it's easy to prepare ahead of time, or because Christmas Eve is regarded by some as an evening of fasting, and a simple potato salad seems like an appropriate meal. Or perhaps people in Germany just like it. Yet others, like Chancellor Angela Merkel, traditionally serve goose.