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Advent Season in Germany

German Straw Christmas Ornaments -To Buy or Make

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  German Straw Christmas ornaments have been used in Germany and also in Scandinavia for years. They are fairly easy and inexpensive to make, and since most people had some access to straw, they became quite common. But it’s more than that… straw is closely tied to the symbolism of the Christ Child being born […]

Recipe for Apple Streusel Cake – A German Style Cake in an American Pan

German Wooden Advent Calendars- Use them Every Year!

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Kurt Adler LED Wooden Advent Calendar Decoration, 13-Inch Traditional German Advent Calendars have long been a wonderful way for children and their families to keep track of the days until Christmas. And these German Wooden Advent Calendars are not only beautiful, they can be used over and over again every year. Because they are made […]

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German Chocolate Advent Calendars- Counting Down to Christmas has Never Been Sweeter!

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Since 1958, the only thing better than just opening a door on your Advent Calendar, is opening a door and finding a piece of CHOCOLATE behind it! These German Chocolate Advent Calendars are certain to be a hit for kids ….of all ages!! Now, I know, you might be able to find Chocolate Advent calendars […]

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The History of German Christmas Markets- A German Holiday Tradition

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Christmas Market in Nuremberg German Pewter Ornament Nurnberg Decoration Every year Christmas Markets pop up around Germany in the beginning of the Advent Season, signaling the approach of the Christmas Holidays. Christmas Markets began centuries ago, when regular markets were extended a few extra days to make the cold season a little more cheerful for […]

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What is a Bunter Teller? A Plate of Christmas Cookies for Everyone!

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  Last week a friend of mine said, “You’re German, would you like these? I found them at an estate sale”… and then she handed me these cardboard plate/bowls printed with Christmassy images. She had found paper plates for “Bunte Teller!” I was so excited to receive something from my childhood. But, What is a […]

Smelly German Cheese- Plug Your Nose and Try These Stinky Cheeses!

Who are the Companions St Nicholas Travels With?

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  On the evening of December 5th, children all over Germany leave their cleaned shoes outside the door for St Nicholas to fill with treats. While St Nicholas may be the same, the companions St Nicholas travels with change depending where you are in Germany. Krampus, Knecht Ruprecht, Schwarzer Peter… even Mutter Hulla! Here is […]

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Story Book Christmas Advent Calendar – A Story Count Down to Christmas

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Der Geschichten-Adventskalender While this idea is not “Typisch Deutsch” (typical German) it’s something I did for years while my kids were small, and I thought it might be nice to pass along my idea for a Story Book Christmas Advent Calendar. Story Book Christmas Advent Calendar Years ago I got a great idea for all […]

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German Christmas Traditions- Celebrate a German Christmas Anywhere

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German Christmas customs traditions and practices can be celebrated here in America. There really is something special about this time of year that makes me look back to my childhood. The candle light, the smell of chocolate and cookies, the wonder of the Christmas Tree. German Christmas Eve Tradition There was a special feeling on […]

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St Barbara’s Day Dec. 4th- Cherry Blossoms for Good Fortune

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On December 4th, some Germans celebrate St. Barbara by placing a branch with buds in water. But what is St.Barbara’s Branch? And who is St Barbara? Who is St. Barbara? St Barbara was the daughter of a king in Turkey. She became a martyr when she was locked in a tower by her father, then tortured and […]

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The German St Nicholas Tradition- What is St Nicholas Day?

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My American friends will sometimes ask me What is St Nicholas Day? St. Nicholas (also spelled Nikolas and Nikolaus) is the Patron Saint of Children, and his Feast day is celebrated on December 6th.  The German St Nicholas Tradition is still very strong. Children put out their shoes, hoping they will be filled with goodies […]

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