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Christmas Eve Dinner in Germany – Würstchen mit Kartoffelsalat?

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In the Netflix series “Over Christmas” (Über Weihnachten), the Christmas Eve Dinner is Würstchen und Kartoffelsalat (Sausages and Potato Salad). The Oma complains, saying that it’s also just the regular Thursday meal at her Old Age Home. But as her daughter points out, it’s Tradition, that’s what they’ve ALWAYS had, in fact OMA used to […]

Spekulatius Truffles- An easy and delicious Christmas Treat

Spekulatius Truffles- An easy and delicious Christmas Treat

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A few years ago I started making simple Truffels around the Holidays as little gifts and to help corners of my Bunter Teller. Making these rich (and I mean REALLY RICH) Spekulatius Truffles doesn’t take that much time, and it’s easy to find helpers, since everyone loves playing with the chocolate. You can even get […]

Streuseltaler Recipe- Tasty Pastries with Fruit and Streusel

Ostara and Easter- A Legend that May be Younger than You Think

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While digging in to stories about Easter in Germany, I frequently come across references to the Germanic pagan goddess Ostara. In fact, Ostara and Easter appear to be so entwined, that even the word Ostern (Easter) comes from this goddess of Spring. And sources attribute many of the non-religious Easter symbols like eggs and rabbits […]

Why is the German Chimney Sweep so Lucky?

German Easter Candy and Sweets to Fill Your Easter Basket

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Years ago, when I was young, we looked forward to receiving packages from my Opa a few times a year. Brown paper wrapped packages, tied up with string (actually twine… but Julie Andrews never mentions twine in her song). They came at Christmas (in the odd year he didn’t visit), our Birthdays, and at Easter. […]

Streuseltaler Recipe- Tasty Pastries with Fruit and Streusel

Sorbian Easter Eggs- How are they made, and who are the Sorbs?

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Some of the most beautifully decorated Easter Eggs that I’ve ever seen are Sorbian Easter Eggs. My mother introduced us to them when we were children, and she remembered them from her childhood. You see, my Opa, her father, is from Weißwasser… a town in eastern Saxony, Germany, a town that once belonged to Upper Lusatia or Upper […]

The History of the Brandenburg Gate- A Berlin Icon

Sternsinger in Germany – Children helping Children with Song

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Cover image Thomas Guffler, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons Sternsinger der Katholischen Propsteigemeinde “St. Peter und Paul” Dessau mit dem Oberbürgermeister von Dessau-Roßlau, Klemens Koschig, vor dem Rathaus   In the days leading up to January 6th, the Feast of the Epiphany, you might see groups of children dressed in robes and wearing a […]

Christmas Eve Dinner in Germany – Würstchen mit Kartoffelsalat?

Weihnachts Kinderpunsch Recipe- Warm Christmas Drink for Kids

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At Christmas Markets and in homes, you find Glühwein for the adults at Christmastime. (My mother always left a pot on the stove Christmas Eve, and we would enjoy it during the Bescherung, or gift exchange) Warm wine, aromatic spices, it’s such a cozy feeling to hold the warm mug and breath in the delicious […]

Streuseltaler Recipe- Tasty Pastries with Fruit and Streusel

October 31st, Martin Luther, and the Protestant Reformation

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Five northern German states observe October 31st, Reformation Day, as a public holiday. But what was the Protestant Reformation and why is it celebrated? Growing up in the Lutheran Church we heard the story about how Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to a church door, setting off the Protestant Reformation, and starting the Lutheran […]

The History of the Brandenburg Gate- A Berlin Icon

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