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How Germany prepares for Christmas - in the summer

It seems Germany practically invented Christmas - or at least many of the symbols associated with it. While we don't like to start thinking about it in the summer, the cookie bakers and tree growers have to.

Even though it's been established by several supermarkets for nearly a decade already, many Germans are still insulted to see the treats they traditionally associate with Christmas appear on the shelves by the end of August. The holidays are not even over yet, and one can still expect a few relaxing days by the lake. It's simply too early. 

Still, there must be some people buying those seasonal products before December comes around.

Retailers argue that cookies associated with Christmas in Germany, such as Lebkuchen and Spekulatius, are rather autumn treats - which is why they should not just be reserved for the month of December.

The German Lebkuchen production company Lambertz actually delivers their specialty cakes to Russia and South American countries all year long, according to owner Hermann Bühlbecker. 

If you are one of those people who just can't wait to decorate your Christmas tree and already have all your presents wrapped up, hidden in a cupboard, the gallery above provides some insights on how you can get into the Christmas mood in Germany - even if it's still summer.

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