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The German Christmas Shop- For those Special Christmas Memories

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You remember it…that Christmas Eve special magic that comes from the movement and light of a spinning Christmas Pyramid. The special “Christmassy” incense smell coming from Santa’s pipe. Finding my favorite special German Ornaments on the tree… and knowing that under the tree in a special box would be one for my tree when I’m […]

Where did the Christmas Tree Originate? In Germany of Course!

What is Reifendrehen- Making Toys at the Seiffen Freilicht Museum

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Before my trip to Seiffen, my friend Richard told me that I should NOT MISS the Reifendrehen. I was confused… what is Reifendrehen? Wheel turning? Do people in Seiffen watch wheels spinning? Turns out Reifendrehen is a special technique for making toys and other small objects known mainly to Seiffen and the surrounding area of […]

The German Christmas Shop- For those Special Christmas Memories

What is a Froebel Star – German Paper Folded Christmas Stars

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Finally sorting out a little confusion. While doing research on Moravian Stars (aka Herrnhuttersterne), I came across sweet little folded German paper stars. While they didn’t look like the pointed Moravian stars, but that’s what a lot of resources called them. But they were also called German Star, Advent star, Danish star, Nordic star, Polish star, […]

The German Christmas Shop- For those Special Christmas Memories

St Paulus Dom in Münster- A Small Cathedral with an AMAZING Clock

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Unfortunately, the St Paulus Dom Münster seldom makes it onto anyone’s must-see bucket list. It’s just not very big (compared to the Cologne Cathedral, it’s downright small).  And, it has a lot of competition in Münster! As churches go, it takes second place to the much more famous Lamberti Kirche. (Face it, cages hanging off […]

The German Christmas Shop- For those Special Christmas Memories

Tips for Germans on Buying and Renting Property in America

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Because we have readers on both sides of the Atlantic, this special guest post is full of Tips for Germans on Buying and Renting Property in America.  Moving to America as a German poses many new challenges. There are many American ways of doing things that take some getting used to. Differences in taxes, tipping, […]

The German Christmas Shop- For those Special Christmas Memories

Deutsches Haus New Orleans – The German Presence in the Gulf South

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I love finding pockets of Germany in unexpected corners of the United States. A year ago I visited New Orleans for the Jazz fest, and stumbled across a booth run by women in Dirndl! What a surprise to learn that Germans had a HUGE impact on development of the city, and that Germans STILL have […]

The German Christmas Shop- For those Special Christmas Memories

German Easter Breakfast- The BEST German Breakfast of the Year!

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German weekend breakfasts have a reputation for being delightful drawn out meals with loads of special things on the table… Aufschnitt, Brötchen, soft boiled eggs and fruit. But German EASTER Breakfast takes it up a notch. I’m not much of a morning person, but I was always happy to hop out of bed to enjoy […]

The German Christmas Shop- For those Special Christmas Memories

Black Forest Cupcakes Recipe- Black Forest Törtchen for a Crowd

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I’m pretty sure this Black Forest Cupcakes Recipe would confuse my Oma for a bit...but then she’d tuck right in. Granted, cupcakes aren’t much of a German Thing. (Maybe we could call them Black Forest Törtchen…little cakes). So, why did I make them? You see… Black Forest Cake / Schwarzwälder Kirsch Torte is my daughter’s […]

The German Christmas Shop- For those Special Christmas Memories

Muller Fasching Verein Nordamerika- Bringing Tyrol to Milwaukee

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It turns out, the best time to see witches in Milwaukee is NOT at Halloween… it’s between January 6th and Ash Wednesday, during Fasching/Karneval Season. But the witches are just a supporting role in this performance that goes back 500 years in the Alps of Austria. The 70-member strong Muller Fasching Verein of Nordamerika carries […]

The German Christmas Shop- For those Special Christmas Memories