GERMANY DECIDES IT’S IMPORTANT:
Germany has petitioned the UN’s Education, Scientific and Cultural Heritage Organization (UNESCO) for father Christmas and his companion Knect Ruprect as well as the Reinheitsgebot (Germany’s beer purity law) to be included on their list of 'intangible heritage' next to the The Argentine Tango the French 4+ course meal and Spanish oil -wrestling…
The Reinheitsgebot- now Provisional German Beer Law which is in effect in Germany to this day, was originally established in 1487 as a price control more than a quality control, to prevent competition with bread makers for precious wheat to keep the prices for these two staples lower. When it was updated in the 1800’s it included the use of yeast but continued to prevent the use of wheat or other ingredients to prevent competition from beers brewed elsewhere with a wider range of ingredients.
The original text read as follows:
We hereby proclaim and decree, by Authority of our Province, that henceforth in the Duchy of Bavaria, in the country as well as in the cities and marketplaces, the following rules apply to the sale of beer:
"From Michaelmas to Georgi, the price for one Mass [Bavarian Liter 1,069] or one Kopf [bowl-shaped container for fluids, not quite one Mass], is not to exceed one Pfennig Munich value, and
"From Georgi to Michaelmas, the Mass shall not be sold for more than two Pfennig of the same value, the Kopf not more than three Heller [Heller usually one-half Pfennig].
"If this not be adhered to, the punishment stated below shall be administered.
"Should any person brew, or otherwise have, other beer than March beer, it is not to be sold any higher than one Pfennig per Mass.
"Furthermore, we wish to emphasize that in future in all cities, markets and in the country, the only ingredients used for the brewing of beer must be Barley, Hops and Water. Whosoever knowingly disregards or transgresses upon this ordinance, shall be punished by the Court authorities’ confiscating such barrels of beer, without fail.
"Should, however, an innkeeper in the country, city or markets buy two or three pails of beer (containing 60 Mass) and sell it again to the common peasantry, he alone shall be permitted to charge one Heller more for the Mass of the Kopf, than mentioned above. Furthermore, should there arise a scarcity and subsequent price increase of the barley (also considering that the times of harvest differ, due to location), WE, the Bavarian Duchy, shall have the right to order curtailments for the good of all concerned."
Also it’s pronounced: “ Rhine-height-ska-boot” (feel free to begin snootily correcting the less nerdly)
Also, apparently the Germans are as concerned about the war on Christmas as Fox news is this time of year and would prefer we keep our Santa Claus to ourselves- Father Christmas and his companion Knect Ruprect- aka ’Journeyman Ruprect’ is the bad cop to Father Christmas’s good cop.
Knect Ruprect wants to know little child- can you pray? No? Then here’s a stick for your parents to beat you with! Yes? CANDY! kind of makes that lump of coal more appealing….
fun fact in Germany the Simpson’s dog is named ‘Knect Ruprect’ instead of santa’s little helper