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Advent Season in Germany

Weihnachtspunsch Recipe -German Christmas Punch

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One thing I discovered on last year’s Christmas Market tour is that there are MANY more hot drink choices than just Glühwein and Feuerzangenbowle. I saw Kinderpunsch (punch for kids) Eierlikorpunsch (sort of a warm Eggnoggy punsch) and  Weihnachtspunsch or Christmas Punch. This rich hot Punch came loaded with holiday flavors… but until I found […]

Easy German Cookbook: 80 Classic Recipes Made Simple

White Glühwein Recipe – Citrus and Spice and everything nice!

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While on my Christmas Market Tour last I took the opportunity to taste all sorts of warm drinks... there was Red Glühwein, Feuerzangenbowle, Punsch, Eierpunsch, and WHITE Glühwein. White Glühwein? I’d never seen that before! And I love it! It’s warm and flavorful with the addition of Cinnamon, Anise and Allspice. But it also has […]

Easy German Cookbook: 80 Classic Recipes Made Simple

A German Wooden Advent Calendar- Use it Again Every Year!

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Traditional German Advent Calendars have long been a wonderful way for children and their families to keep track of the days until Christmas. A German Wooden Advent Calendar  can be used over and over again every year. Refill with your own small treats or order one that comes with tiny ornamBecause they are made in […]

October 31st, Martin Luther, and the Protestant Reformation

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 […]

October 31st, Martin Luther, and the Protestant Reformation

The History of German Christmas Markets- A German Holiday Tradition

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  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 season a little more cheerful for the chilly Villagers. Goods were probably laid out […]

October 31st, Martin Luther, and the Protestant Reformation

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 […]

Easy German Cookbook: 80 Classic Recipes Made Simple

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,  Saint Nicholas’s companions change depending where you are in Germany. Krampus, Knecht Ruprecht, Schwarzer Peter… even Mutter Hulla! Here is a brief explanation of […]

October 31st, Martin Luther, and the Protestant Reformation