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German word of the day: Die Weihnachtsbäckerei

Around Christmas each year, a song goes around in Germany. A song that sneaks inside your head and then sticks around for weeks on end.

This song is called “In der Weihnachtsbäckerei” and goes like this:

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Die Weihnachtsbäckerei is a “Christmas bakery” and describes the act of baking Plätzchen (cookies) in the days before Christmas. Considering that many people (especially small kids) know the song, it might be surprising to hear that it is not a very old one.

The famous childrens songs author Rolf Zuckowsky wrote it on his way home in 1986. In 1987 it first appeared on one of his albums, he introduced it on a German TV show and it quickly became a new folk song.

Until today, during the holiday season it starts appearing on minor rankings of the German charts each year.

Nowadays you cant enter a kindergarten during the holiday season without hearing it from every corner. So heres the chorus of the song, for singing along next time you hear it (but be careful, there are many people out there who cant stand the sing anymore):

In der Weihnachtsbäckerei
Gibt es manche Leckerei
Zwischen Mehl und Milch
Macht so mancher Knilch
Eine riesengroße Kleckerei
In der Weihnachtsbäckerei
In der Weihnachtsbäckerei

In the Christmas bakery

Are many yummy things

From flour to milk

Make one false move

And a great mess there will be

In the Christmas bakery

In the Christmas bakery

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