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Christmas in Austria

Go throughout the traditions, cultures, religion and different foods of the country.

Brandi Shepherd

on 21 December 2010

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Merry Christmas Christmas in Austria Austria's Christmas Traditions Created by Madalyn Osborn, Nicole Leporati and Brandi Shepherd Religion Food Austria is a landlocked country located in Southern Central Europe. Landlocked means having no access to the sea. Austria is slightly smaller than Maine and is estimated to be 32,000 square miles. The religion in Austria is mainly Roman Catholic. According to the 2001 census, 73.6% of the population in Austria are followers of the Catholic church, 4.2% follow the Islamic Bible, and the last 22.2% of people are divided between Jews, Hindus and Buddhists. Location Religion Culture Food Culture There are nine provinces that make up Austria. Because of the eight other countries surrounding Austria, each province tends to have a culture of their own. Austria is a landlocked country with nine provinces. Eight other countries border Austria with cultures of their own. This causes people of each province's culture to be different. it has a rich heritage in art work which includes wood carvings, hand-carved and hand-painted chests, intricately forged grates and other ironwork, stained-glass windows, and leatherwork. Traditions Traditions
Christmas starts on the first day of Advent. Advent is the period of preparation for the festival honoring the birth of Christ and the time of knowing that Christmas is coming. It starts four full weeks before Christmas. Austrians do not have a Santa Claus, although they have three other holdiay figures. The three christmas figures are Krampus, Saint Nicholas and Kristkindl.
Krampus, Saint Nicholas and Kristkindl Vorarlberg, Tyrol, Salzburg, Upper Austria, Carinthia, Styria, Burgenland, Lower Austria, and Vienna, the capital city.
Location Demographics! The Population
14.5 percent of Austria's population are between the ages of zero and fourteen years old.
67.5 percent of the population are between the ages of fifteen and sixty-four.
Over the ages of sixty-five take up eighteen percent of the population.
Life Expectancy
If you are an Austrian male you are expected to live 76.6 years. If you are an Austrian female you are expected to live 82.56 years. Provinces Demographics Austria was once the center of the large Austro-Hungarian Empire, It stretched from France to Russia and from the Baltic Sea to Turkey, making a large variety of heritage to Austria's food. Today, Austria is bordered by Italy, Hungary, Germany, Czech, and a few other countries. These countries culinary influences are the strongest.
December 6th is the day Saint Nicholas, the giver of gifts, makes his rounds. He can be seen in a glittering Bishops robe He is accompanied by his devilish assistant, Knecht Rupnecht, he can occasionally be seen roaming the streets giving sweets and apples to good children while his companion playfully persuades "little sinners" to feel the string of his golden rod.
December 5th is the day Krampus visits the bad children. He warns them to be good so that Saint Nicholas can give them treats. Throughout the nest few days, families all over Austria are visited by Kristkindl. Kristkindl decorates the Christmas trees, leaves treats and give gifts to the families. Unknown, . "Holiday Traditions Austria." Holiday Traditions. Museum of Science and Industry, 2004. Web. November 30, 2010. <http://www.msichicago.org/scrapbook/scrapbook_exhibits/catw2004/traditions/countries/austria.html>. Works Cited Unknown, . "Christmas in South-East Europe." South-East Europe. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec 2010. <http://www.southeast-europe.net/admin/show_doc.cmt?lang=en&path=news_and_events/news/christmasinsoutheasteurope>. Recipe Quick and Easy Austrian Christmas cookies.
*(Weihnachtsgeback)* 2/3 cup unsalted butter, sofened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 egg yolk
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbl spoon vanilla sugar
1 egg yolk mixed with 1tbsp water- to glaze
chopped nuts Preheat oven to 400*F. Mix the butter, confectioners' sugar, and egg yolk together with your hands. Add the flour and vanilla sugar and nead to a firm dough. Chill for about 2 hrs. Roll out the dogh on a floured surface until its about 1/4 an inch thick. Then cut out your shapes. Place the cookies on baking glaze and sprinkle with nuts. Bake for 8 to 10 min. or until lightly colored. Leave to cool. The traditional holiday meal in Austria normaly includes baked carp as the main dish. http://www.ylw.mmtr.or.jp/~johnkoji/hymn/xmas/Holynit.mid
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