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Steinbach Company in Germany- Still Making Erzgebirge Magic for the World

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“We want to bring the Erzgebirge magic into peoples homes all over the world.” While scrolling through Facebook recently, I came across an interesting comment on the Steinbach Nutcracker fan page… it said that the Steinbach Company in Germany had been purchased, and the factory was up and running again. WHAT! I did some digging, […]

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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

Celebrating a German Christmas In California- Childhood Memories

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images by Pixabay I grew up in a suburb east of Los Angeles where my dad owned Nursery. Eighty-degree sunshine and palm trees are vastly different from Germany in December. Sure, the weather was great for plants, but I know my parents were homesick for snow and family. In the 1970s, travel was expensive, German […]

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 […]

Dirndl Jewerly- German Style Jewelry to Wear to German Fests or Everyday!

What to Buy at German Christmas Markets- Check Our List, then Make Yours!

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Headed to Germany for the German Christmas Markets? Prepare to be overwhelmed! There are so many wonderful things to see, smell, taste and most of all,  BUY! But before you go on a crazy spree and spend all your money on the first day…think about what you want or need, and consider your luggage allowance,  […]

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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 […]

Dirndl Jewerly- German Style Jewelry to Wear to German Fests or Everyday!

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 […]

Dirndl Jewerly- German Style Jewelry to Wear to German Fests or Everyday!

Vanillekipferl Recipe in English- A German Christmas Cookie That is Delicious Year Round!

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  Although Vanillekipferl is traditionally a German Christmas Cookie, I make them year round. These light and delicious cookies are made from ground almonds, then flavored with vanilla and coating of sugar. Even though they don’t shout CHRISTMAS!, they are perfect for your Bunter Teller. And yet, they are the perfect thing to enjoy with […]

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

Combining German and American Christmas Traditions – Christkind and Santa Claus

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I wanted to share with you all a message that I got from Patricia about combining German and American Christmas Traditions. She’s in a spot that I KNOW is familiar to many of you. She Writes- “I am in a real predicament with Christmas. My twins are now three and understand Christmas. Both German and because […]

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

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!