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German Girl in America Advent Contest 2018

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It’s been such a GREAT year here at German Girl in America… and we’ve decided that it’s time to celebrate with a fabulous Advent Contest! Each Sunday in Advent, we will be awarding a special prize. Winners will be chosen weekly at noon (Pacific Time) on the Advent Sundays, and the winner will be notified […]

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German Straw Christmas Ornaments -To Buy or Make

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German Straw Christmas ornaments have been used in Germany and also in Scandinavia for years. They are fairly easy and inexpensive to make, and since most people had some access to straw, they became quite common. But it’s more than that… straw is closely tied to the symbolism of the Christ Child being born into […]

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

German Wooden Advent Calendars- Use them Every Year!

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Kurt Adler LED Wooden Advent Calendar Decoration, 13-Inch Traditional German Advent Calendars have long been a wonderful way for children and their families to keep track of the days until Christmas. And these German Wooden Advent Calendars are not only beautiful, they can be used over and over again every year. Because they are made […]

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

German Chocolate Advent Calendars- A Sweet Way to Wait for Christmas

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Since 1958, the only thing better than just opening a door on your Advent Calendar, is opening a door and finding a piece of CHOCOLATE behind it! These German Chocolate Advent Calendars are certain to be a hit for kids ….of all ages!! Now, I know, you might be able to find Chocolate Advent calendars […]

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

The History of German Christmas Markets- A German Holiday Tradition

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Schluender Stollen Bits in Collectible Christmas Market Tin Assorted Imported Germany Holiday Bread 16.9 oz Every year Christmas Markets pop up around Germany in the beginning of the Advent Season, signaling the approach of the Christmas Holidays. Christmas Markets began centuries ago, when regular markets were extended a few extra days to make the cold […]

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

What is a Bunter Teller? A Plate of Christmas Cookies for Everyone!

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Last week a friend of mine said, “You’re German, would you like these? I found them at an estate sale”… and then she handed me these cardboard plate/bowls printed with Christmassy images. She had found paper plates for “Bunte Teller!” I was so excited to receive something from my childhood. But, What is a Bunter […]

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

Who are the Companions St Nicholas Travels With?

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On the evening of December 5th, children all over Germany leave their cleaned shoes outside the door for St Nicholas to fill with treats. While St Nicholas may be the same, the companions Saint Nicholas travels with change depending where you are in Germany. Krampus, Knecht Ruprecht, Schwarzer Peter… even Mutter Hulla! Here is a […]

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

Story Book Christmas Advent Calendar – A Story Count Down to Christmas

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Der Geschichten-Adventskalender While this idea is not “Typisch Deutsch” (typical German) it’s something I did for years while my kids were small, and I thought it might be nice to pass along my idea for a Story Book Christmas Advent Calendar. Story Book Christmas Advent Calendar Years ago I got a great idea for all […]

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

German Christmas Traditions- Celebrate a German Christmas Anywhere

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German Christmas customs traditions and practices can be celebrated here in America. There really is something special about this time of year that makes me look back to my childhood. The candle light, the smell of chocolate and cookies, the wonder of the Christmas Tree. German Christmas Eve Tradition There was a special feeling on […]

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