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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 […]

What is the Christkind- The Golden Haired Gift Giver in Germany

What is a Rauschgoldengel? The legend of the Golden Angel

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  High above the Plobenhofstraße entrance of the Nuremberg Christkindelmarkt hangs the Rauschgoldengel. This large gold-foil angel is there to welcome all of the guests as a symbol of the market. And all over the market, you will find stalls selling smaller versions of this Golden Angel. But what is a Rauschgoldengel? And how did […]

Muller Fasching Verein Nordamerika- Bringing Tyrol to Milwaukee

What is Lebkuchen? Lebkuchen are German Christmas Cookies!

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It’s a pretty common question this time of year… What is Lebkuchen? is it like Gingerbread? The answer is yes… sort of. When someone offers you a Lebkuchen cookie, you shouldn’t expect a snappy gingerbread man. Lebkuchen is not crispy or crunchy…and it tends to be round or rectangular (seldom person shaped). It’s a rich, […]

German Rum Balls Recipe from All Tastes German

Start a Family Tradition- Ravensburger Christmas Puzzles

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Every year we bring out a new Ravensburger Christmas Puzzle to work on during the days and nights leading up to Christmas. A table is set up, and the pieces are sorted (edge verses middle)… and off we go. Ravensburger …the German company based in Ravensburg… makes high quality puzzles with beautiful Christmas images. They […]

What is the Sandmaennchen? A little Man who Sent German Kids to Dream

When is Oktoberfest in Munich?

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Germans are notoriously precise with their speech… after all, this is the language that gave us words like Schwangerschaftverhütungsmittel (Pregnancy Preventing Remedy) and and Dudelsack (A bad that makes a doodleing sound aka. Bagpipes)… so it’s incredibly confusing to so many people OUTSIDE Germany that Oktoberfest does not start in October. So, when is Oktoberfest […]

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