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Advent Season in Germany

St Barbara’s Day Dec. 4th- Cherry Blossoms for Good Fortune

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On December 4th, some Germans celebrate St. Barbara by placing a branch with buds in water. But what is St.Barbara’s Branch? And who is St Barbara? Who is St. Barbara? St Barbara was the daughter of a king in Turkey. She became a martyr when she was locked in a tower by her father, then tortured and […]

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The German St Nicholas Tradition- What is St Nicholas Day?

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My American friends will sometimes ask me What is St Nicholas Day? St. Nicholas (also spelled Nikolas and Nikolaus) is the Patron Saint of Children, and his Feast day is celebrated on December 6th.  The German St Nicholas Tradition is still very strong. Children put out their shoes, hoping they will be filled with goodies […]

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Traditional German Advent Wreath – An Advents Kranz to Count the Sundays before Christmas

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The Advent Calendar isn’t the only way to mark the time before Christmas, in our home we always had a Traditional German Advent Wreath.  My mother would bring it out for the first Sunday of Advent, and the Holiday Season would officially begin in our home. I couldn’t understand why other (non-German) houses I visited […]

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Traditional German Advent Calendars- Count the Days until Christmas!

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  . Having a Traditional German Advent Calendar to count down the days to Christmas was as normal to me as breathing or putting on House Shoes…. It is just something we had in our home. Some years they were quite simple… a double thick cardboard printed with Christmas scenes, and pictures behind each door. Other […]

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Advent – Celebrate German Holiday Traditions in America

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    Advent – Celebrating German Holiday Traditions in America: Celebrating German Holiday Traditions in America I grew up in a German household in Southern California celebrating German traditions like Advent. We spoke German in the home, my parents had German friends that were like family (we addressed them as Tante and Onkel), and they […]

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Christmas Markets Along the Rhine – Visit Christmas Markets by Boat

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There is something magical about a German Christmas Market Holiday, especially along the Rhine River. The smell of Gingerbread, grilling Sausages and roasting Chestnuts fills the air…. you hear musicians playing Christmas Carols…. rows of booths sell hand made wooden toys, blown glass German Christmas Ornaments, candles, pewter mugs, and Advent Wreaths….. singers and performers take […]

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