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I'm neutral on nationalities, of course,
but their Stollen Maiden is cute! "Gross spectacle" indeed!
The St'Schutzverband link goes to what seems to be a sales site for the stuff. Hard to tell, though; the only languages available were German and British, so I couldn't read it.
Of course you can buy something from them
but you don't want to pay their price to ship to the US. There is history and tradition in this annual bake fest and, if you dig a little into it and its alleged) symbolism, you may find evidence of it being a secret cannibalistic practice.
They make the stuff only once per year but it lasts well into the next. They make great Christmas gifts though I know you won't participate in the gifting and re-gifting customs. Stollen has many uses other than for eating. You could carry a couple of them in the trunk of your car. In the event that you need to change a tire on a slanted road, they make good wheel chocks.
BTW, I knew you'd enjoy the pics. I'll check to see if they have an annual pin-up calendar available.
See how practices cross cultural lines?
They have stollen, we have the Eternal Christmas Fruitcake.
Sounds like they would make good doorstops or coffee-table decorations- like a "family" Bible.
As to the symbolism, bread of some kind is universal and was often used in religions. Jesus said "this [unleavened bread] means my body" and our modern hot cross buns are pre-Christian, to name two.
The custom that would bother me even as an atheist is the Santa Lucia stuff in Sweden. Check it out- disaster waiting to happen.
Stirring up memories, you are!
Despite the fact that Dresden was in East Germany when I was stationed in West Germany during the mid-80's, enough Dresden stollen made its way west to ensure a Froelich Weinachten (Merry Christmas) for all who had the opportunity to sample it.