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  • Neunerlei is the traditional Christmas meal of Saxony
    Neunerlei is the traditional Christmas meal of Saxony ©TMGS/Ines Nebelung
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The Neunerlei feast. Nine festive courses.

A highlight of the Erzgebirge Christmas is the traditional Christmas Eve feast known as the neunerlei. It comprises nine courses symbolising memories, hopes and what you've achieved during the year. Dishes might consist of lentils or peas, bratwurst with sauerkraut, herring or pieces of fish with apple salad, potato salad with sausages, groats, millet porridge or rosehip soup, roast pork with dumplings, bread and salt, prunes and a bread and milk mixture prepared with chopped nuts.

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