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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, […]

What is Gemuetlichkeit? Trying to define an indefineable German Concept

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 […]

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

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 […]

German Flammkuchen Recipe – How to Make Flammkuchen at Home

A German Christmas Market Tour – Magic, Food and lots of Glühwein

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I spend more time regretting the things I didn’t do, than the mistakes I may have made. That’s why when I got an email about taking German Christmas Market Tour a few weeks ago, I only hesitated long enough to clear it with my family. After all, a week away in December (well, 10 days […]

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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 […]

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

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

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In modern times we see the Christmas Tree as an obvious symbol of the Christmas Season. Whether you decorate it with fabulous blown glass ornaments or hand-made ornaments that the kids made at school… there it is… a tree in your home. Maybe there are lights and tinsel, or maybe you like ribbons, but it’s […]

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

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 […]

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