What is a Lumpenball? The End of the Karneval Party!

While adding events to the Fasching Celebration pages and the German Girl in America Events Pages, I keep coming across something called a Lumpenball… but, What IS a Lumpenball?? A ball of lumps? (that can’t be right!… although one website had an article about painting a ball of rags…). A Lumpenball that final Karneval party. The clearing out celebrations. This…

Combining German & American Christmas Traditions

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 of cartoons American. We…

A Generous Germanfest Milwaukee Community Donates to Kids

  In a tremendous display of generosity, the Germanfest Milwaukee community and the Freistadt Alte Kameraden donated over $10,000 to children’s charities this week. It just goes to show you that a little effort, combined with a big heart adds up to some amazing things. Germanfest Milwaukee Community Donates $10,000 to Kids Eric Radue, the Germanfest President, members of the Germanfest…

Plymouth Junge Kameraden Band- An American High School Band Playing German Music!

  “So ein Tag, so wunderschön wie Heute“… when I heard those words sung, I immediately flashed back to my childhood. My mother playing this on her record player… my Oma’s radio… singing in German school. But the source was unexpected; the singer was a beautiful High School girl, standing in front of the Plymouth Junge Kameraden Band, the first…

My Weekend at Germanfest Milwaukee- Music, Food, and FUN!

  Get Your Tickets to Germanfest Milwaukee July 29-31, 2022 HERE–> Germanfest Tickets A Heartfelt THANK YOU and VIELEN vielen Dank!!! Well, I’m home again from GermanFest Milwaukee. The bags are unpacked, laundry is sorted and the first loads are in the machine… I’ve started sifting through the film and photos, and slowly am sorting through my notes. But before…

German Fest Milwaukee- Celebrating German Culture in America!

UPDATE- I wrote this post a year ago for German Fest Milwaukee 2016… and I had an absolutely AMAZING time there!(Read about it here–> Thank you Germanfest Milwaukee). Sadly, I won’t be attending Germanfest this year (too many bits of life just got in the way), but I AM moving mountains in order to be there again. And who knows……

When your Parents Are German… Recognize these?

I was born in America shortly after my parents arrived from Germany. When your parents are German you don’t grow up like the other kids in your neighborhood. It might not be apparent at first, but then suddenly, there are loads of things that make you stand out. Like the accent, having a lot of extra stamps in your passport…

History of Germans in America-German American Life Book

German American Life: Recipes and Traditions, by John D Zug and Karin Gottier, describing the History of Germans in America, has been on my shelf for a few years. It’s not a textbook, it’s more a series of essays written by German Americans detailing their experiences. Mixed in are pages about history, recipes, and information about exactly where Germans landed…

Moravian Star aka Herrnhuter Stern- Not a Just Holiday Decoration

A trio of Moravian Stars hang in my window at Christmastime. These beautiful 26 point Stars, also known in German as a Herrnhuter Stern, have been a popular decoration during the Christmas Season, the beginning of Advent until the Epiphany, in parts of Germany for almost 200 years. Moravian Stars are used to represent the Star of Bethlehem and are hung…

German Genealogy Databases Online -Find your German Family

For many German-Americans, tracing their history is not so easy. Records were lost or destroyed, and the old script can be difficult to read. While I am by no means an expert, I have found some German Genealogy Databases online that can help you find a little more about your German Ancestry. If you know of any websites or pages that…

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