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Source: Destatis Federal Statistical Office

Press release No. N084 from December 22, 2020

– 88% of the Christmas tree imports come from Denmark – Gingerbread and red cabbage come mainly from domestic production and harvest – The retail trade in ceramics, glass and housewares achieved a quarter of the annual turnover in the 2019 Christmas season – Families are slightly larger in western Germany than in eastern Germany

WIESBADEN – Christmas in the Corona year 2020 – canceled Christmas markets, unusual Christmas parties and then the hard lockdown a week before Christmas Eve: The decorated Christmas trees at home are all the more important for many people. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the northern neighboring country Denmark supplied almost 88% of the around 2.3 million fresh Christmas trees that were imported to Germany in 2019. Around 45% of the approximately 2.0 million Danish trees arrived in November, and another 54% in December. Domestic Christmas trees are grown outside of the forest on specially created areas, the so-called Christmas tree cultures. In 2019, around 3,390 farms in Germany dealt with the cultivation of fir trees on an area of ​​15,900 hectares. For comparison: the area on which more trees and wood plants are grown in tree nurseries in Germany was roughly the same at 18,200 hectares.

Gingerbread production is in full swing in the 3rd quarter

Gingerbread cookies are a must during the Christmas season. In Germany, gingerbread manufacturers produced a total of around 86,400 tons of these Christmas cookies in 2019. In order for the gingerbread to reach stores on time for the pre-Christmas period, production will be boosted in the 3rd quarter. The months of July to September accounted for 34% of total production in 2019. Another 30% of gingerbread production followed in the fourth quarter. Lebkuchen are also popular abroad: in 2019 Germany exported around 19,400 tons of gingerbread, mainly to other European countries. Overseas, the biggest fans of German-made gingerbread were apparently to be found in the United States (1,800 tons), Brazil (600 tons) and Australia (500 tons).

Red cabbage: side dish to the Christmas menu, mostly from local cultivation

On the Christmas holidays, many families serve a classic Christmas menu in the form of roast goose or duck. The classic among the winter side dishes is red cabbage. In 2019, almost 125,000 tons of red cabbage were harvested in Germany. This puts red cabbage in the lead behind white cabbage (450,000 tonnes) in terms of harvest volume among other winter cabbage types such as savoy cabbage (32,000 tonnes), kale (17,000 tonnes) and Brussels sprouts (10,000 tonnes). Almost 80% of the total red cabbage harvest came from the federal states of Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein. For comparison: only around 24,000 tons of red and white cabbage were imported from abroad in 2019.

Retail fears about the Christmas business

After the announcement of the hard lockdown, many people used the two remaining days before the shops closed for the last Christmas shopping in the department stores and the stationary specialist retailers in the inner cities. November and December are traditionally the months with the highest turnover in retail. The stationary retail trade achieved a good 18% of the nominal annual turnover in 2019 in the Christmas season, and in the department stores it was even more than a fifth (21%). The 2019 Christmas business was most important for the retail trade with ceramics and glass as well as household items (each 25% of annual sales), books, as well as watches and jewelry (each 24%). The specialist retail trade with musical instruments also generated more than a fifth (22%) of its annual sales in the last two months of 2019, and it is expected that the closure of stores will further increase sales in online and mail order sales. For online trading, too, November and December 2019 were already very high-turnover months with a good fifth (21%) of nominal annual turnover. As a result of the corona pandemic, the real sales growth in online retail was already comparatively high from January to October 2020 compared to the corresponding period of the previous year at 22.3%. For the stationary retail trade (+1.3% from January to October 2020) and especially the department stores (-10.4%), the Christmas business would have been a good chance to close the so far mediocre financial year on a positive note.

Christmas 2020: celebration of the nuclear family

Many people traditionally celebrate Christmas with their families. Since travel and visits around the festive season are only possible to a limited extent this year, most people will only be able to spend Christmas 2020 with close families. But what does the nuclear family, i.e. parents who live in one household with their children, actually look like in Germany? Around 11.6 million families with children lived under one roof in Germany in 2019. One-child families made up just over half (5.9 million). 4.2 million families (36%) had two children. Only around 12% of all families (1.4 million) had three children or more.

In 2019, a typical family in Germany consisted of no more than four people (exact average: 3.43 people). The largest families on average lived in Baden-Württemberg (3.50 members), followed by Bavaria, Bremen, Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia (3.46 each). The smallest families were found in the eastern federal states: Saxony-Anhalt (3.22), Brandenburg (3.26) and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (3.27).

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