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German Christmas Traditions for Kids- Enjoy a German Style Christmas

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Christmas is a special time of year, but it is especially magical for children. I’m not talking about heaps of presents under the tree… there are so many other aspects of the holiday that will bring joy and happiness to the little ones in your world. My parents didn’t have much money when I was […]

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Krampus in German Folklore – What IS Krampus?

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  I grew up the child of Northern German parents, so I didn’t learn about Krampus until I was much older. In my world, Knecht Ruprecht was St Nicholas’s sidekick, and Krampus lived in Bavaria and Austria. But now, because of movies and popular culture… as well as annual Krampus Runs… the myth of Krampus […]

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History of German Nutcrackers & Where to Get a Nutcracker for Your Home!

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German Christmas Nutcracker Santa Claus – 30,0 cm / 12 inches – Authentic German Erzgebirge Nutcrackers – Christian Ulbricht I love how the History of German Nutcrackers is tied up in a Fairy Tale….how perfectly German! Once upon a time, a farmer offered a reward for anyone who could help him easily open the Walnuts […]

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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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What is a Moravian Star? More than Just a Holiday Decoration!

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You may have seen them before, but did you ever ask yourself “What is a Moravian Star?” This beautiful 26 point Moravian Star, also known as a Hernnhut Stern, has been a popular decoration during the Christmas Season… the beginning of Advent until the Ephiphany… in parts of Germany for almost 200 years. Moravian Stars […]

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German Pickle Ornament Story- How did the Green Pickle Ornament Tradition Start?

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Old World Christmas Pickle Glass Blown Ornament It’s time to talk about the German Pickle Ornament Story, and shatter the myth once and for all… Germans Don’t Hang Pickles in their Christmas Tree.  I know, I know… someone told you it’s a REAL GERMAN TRADITION And maybe your Oma hung a pickle in her tree…. […]

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Schmidt Lebkuchen Tins: Buy Lebkuchen Online for Christmas

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Schmidt Festive Chest 2017 Lebkuchen has been a specialty in Nuremberg for over 600 years.  Travelers and Traders used to carry Lebkuchen with them to enjoy and sell, now we are lucky enough to be able to buy Lebkuchen online! During the Holiday Season of Advent and Christmas, you can find various Schmidt Lebkuchen Tins containing […]

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What is the Epiphany? Celebrating the Epiphany in Germany

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January 6th is celebrated as the Epiphany, but what is the Epiphany? Before the Fourth Century, the birth of Christ, his Epiphany (which means appearance in Greek) was celebrated on January 6. The date was official shifted to Dec 25 by Pope Julius I (the date isn’t arbitrary… Mary learned she was pregnant with the […]

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When Do You Take Down the Christmas Tree?

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I walk almost every day … for fitness, for air, to get out of the house… so I get a daily view of what’s going on in the neighborhood. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I saw Christmas decorations go up. Decorated trees filled windows… But then Christmas ended. The VERY next day, discarded trees started lining […]

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