Ich habe Schwein gehabt, which means “I have had a pig”. Culturally this meant you have had good luck. The meaning originating amongst farm families who could survive the winter because they had a pig to provide them with meat. From this Pigs became a Christmas and New year symbol of good luck and fortune in Germany, Denmark and other Teutonic countries. The pig is always white, not spotted, not brown, and combined with other symbols of good luck such as mushrooms, lucky coin, and a clovers. During the Christmas and New Years my Swedish family would place a whole blanched almond into rice pudding, cakes, and breads. Whoever would get the almond would have good luck for the New Year.
Here is my gift to you a marzipan pig, or Glucksschwein, may it bring you good luck and fortune for 2012!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!