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German Easter Nest Tradition- From Germany to Texas

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My friend Chuck grew up in Yorktown, Texas, about an 1 ½ hours south of New Braunfels (the heart of German Texas), where his great great grandfather Johann Jost settled in 1848 after leaving Womelsdorf, Germany. Much of his family is still there. Because of the pandemic stay-at-home order, his sister is sorting through Afflerbach […]

Who Was Baron von Steuben? A German-born American Patriot

German Wooden Easter Decorations – The German Christmas Shop at Easter

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I pull my German wooden Easter decorations out every year. Wooden Bunnies and hanging eggs from the Osterbaum (Easter Tree) makes the house feel more festive in the Springtime. And although Nutcrackers and other German Christmas Ornaments have taken off here in the US… it’s still more difficult to find German Easter Ornaments. This year, […]

German Easter Nest Tradition- From Germany to Texas

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, […]

Who Was Baron von Steuben? A German-born American Patriot

Tanzmariechen- Those Fabulous Karneval Dancers!

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  Featured Photo “Rosenmontagsumzug Sondershausen” by Tobias Nordhausen | used under creative commons license Ever wonder about those beautiful dancing girls in “military uniforms” at Karneval/Fasching celebrations? They march and move in perfect synchronicity and even tumble through the air without landing on their head. But did you know that these “Tanzmariechen” or “Funkenmariechen” are […]

German Easter Nest Tradition- From Germany to Texas

Why is it Called Silvester? And other New Year’s Traditions in Germany

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Silvester or New Year’s Traditions in Germany are a nice mix between staying in with family and friends… and sending the old year out with a BANG and Fireworks! How you celebrate depends on you. Personally, I’m a big fan of stay in… but ever since I was a child, we’ve made noise fireworks and […]

What is Raclette Cheese? A Cheesy New Year’s Eve Tradition in Germany

What is Raclette Cheese? A Cheesy New Year’s Eve Tradition in Germany

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Whenever anyone asks me “What’s your favorite kind of Cheese?” my automatic answer is “the melted kind”. And yes, I have the kind of family that loves cheese, eats loads of cheese, and spends a lot of time talking about cheese. It’s no wonder that there were loud CHEERS when I brought home the Raclette […]

Easy German Blueberry Cheesecake- Heidelbeerkuchen

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 […]

Who Was Baron von Steuben? A German-born American Patriot