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The German Christmas Shop at Easter Favorite Easter or Springtime Memories Giveaway 2020

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  I’m delighted to announce! The German Christmas Shop at Easter wants to help brighten up our Springtime with a special Contest! The German Christmas Shop at Easter loves those special holiday memories with family and friends. Delicious traditional meals, fun Easter activities, remembrances of special decorations. Maybe cute bunnies hiding on the dining room […]

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Lunch at the Wurstkuche Regensburg- The Oldest Restaurant in Germany

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Next to the Steinernen Brucke (Stone Bridge) in Regensburg you will find a small green building surrounded by crowds.  The Wurstkuche Regensburg has been serving up sausages to dockworkers and now tourists for hundreds of years in the same location. So, of course, while visiting Regensburg for the Christmas Markets, I could not pass up […]

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A Few of my FAVORITE Things to do in Rothenburg Germany

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  Rothenberg ob der Tauber, with it’s virtually untouched Medieval Altstadt, sits on a hill in northern Bavaria (due west of Nuremburg, 2 1/2 hours south east of Frankfurt), and seems to be on everyone’s MUST-SEE list. Sadly, I think far too many people just show up, take a photo near the Plonlein, shop for […]

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Thinking about Muttersprache – Tag der Muttersprache

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Deutschland.de reached out to me to do a piece for the Tag der Muttersprache (Day of Native Language) which falls on February 21. So I was thinking about Muttersprache, and it’s LITERAL meaning… Mother Speech. Although I grew up in California, German was my first language. The language of my mother. And after THIS MANY […]

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Sweet Valentine’s Day Angels- Beautiful Gifts from the Erzgebirge

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One of the nicest ways to show someone you love them is with a charming Valentine’s Day Angel from The German Christmas Shop. These adorable guardian angels are hand crafted in Germany by the Günther Reichel workshop. I fell in love with them when we visited Seiffen. Süß!!! (SWEET!!) Lovely little angel figures holding flowers, […]

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What is Gemuetlichkeit? Trying to define an indefineable German Concept

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When I arrive on my Aunt’s doorstep in Germany, she greets me with “Kommt ‘rein… mach’s euch Gemütlich!”(come in, make yourself gemütlich) and on family evenings instead of making plans my mother might say, “Wir machen uns Heute Abend Gemütlich” (tonight we will make ourselves gemütlich). A small well appointed room is described as “Gemuetlich”, […]

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Was the US Official Language Almost German? The Muhlenberg Legend

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One of my FAVORITE urban legends is one I actually believed for a long time… that the official Language of the United States was almost German. It gets better! The legend says that in a Congressional vote, German lost by only one vote, and that’s why we speak English in America. I hate to bust […]

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Leckerlee Lebkuchen – Authentic German Lebkuchen Made in America

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It starts with the smell of spices… ginger… is that cardamom? And then you take that first bite. “oh my gosh”. You get the nuts and citrus. The texture is amazing. I’ve been eating Lebkuchen my whole life, but outside of a German Christmas Market, I’ve never had it as fresh or flavorful as Leckerlee […]

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