Advent Season

Traditional German Advent Wreath – Count the Sundays before Christmas

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The Advent Calendar isn’t the only way to mark the time before Christmas, in our home we always had a Traditional German Advent Wreath.  My mother would bring it out for the first Sunday of Advent, and the Holiday Season would officially begin in our home. I couldn’t understand why other (non-German) houses I visited […]

Christmas Traditions

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 German Christmas Traditions for kids that will bring joy and happiness to the little ones in your world. My parents didn’t have much money when I was […]

German Christmas Decorations

German Christmas Smokers -Räuchermännchen History & Where to Buy One!

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German Christmas Smokers may look like a toy, or a simple decoration that goes on the mantle, my wooden Smoker Snowman does more, he is an incense burner… a Räuchermännchen. (Sadly, over the years, his pipe was lost, so now we just pretend he’s outside breathing cold air). This type of Christmas decoration is fairly common […]


Gebrannte Mandeln- German Roasted Almonds Recipe

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Visit any German Christmas Market or Fair, and you will smell the sugary, cinnamon, nutty scent of Gebrannte Mandeln. I think they waft the smell around to lure you in (and it works). Grab a bag to munch as you shop. Crunchy, sweet, nutty… so delicious.  But there is no reason to wait until your […]

Traditional German Clothing

Krampus Gifts from Rare Dirndl

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It’s finally here! Rare Dirndl just released their Krampus Collection! You’ll find perfect Krampus Gifts for those who prefer the sugary sweet Christmas Season with a side of menace. There is something special for all ages… from jewelry to coloring books. I love the fun leggings (work appropriate? you decide) and Tee-Shirts (and in California, […]


What You Should Know About German Beer Coasters or Bierdeckel

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When the server set the beer (and wine) in front of me with a coaster on top of it, a light bulb went off in my head. You see, German Beer Coasters are called Bierdeckel or Beer Lid, and I never quite understood why a coaster would be called a Deckel. Turns out, there’s some […]

German Games and Toys

Steiff Stuffed Animals – Toys to Love for a Lifetime

Steiff Classic 1920 Teddy Bear Light Brown 10 Like so many German kids, I was lucky enough to have a few stuffed Steiff Stuffed Animals & Plush toys. A  small Dog with a blue collar and a bell, an Owl, and a Goldfish. One very memorable Christmas, I found a Steiff Bear sitting in the […]