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What is Lebkuchen? Lebkuchen are German Christmas Cookies!

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It’s a pretty common question this time of year… What is Lebkuchen? is it like Gingerbread? The answer is yes… sort of. When someone offers you a Lebkuchen cookie, you shouldn’t expect a snappy gingerbread man. Lebkuchen is not crispy or crunchy…and it tends to be round or rectangular (seldom person shaped). It’s a rich, […]

Start a Family Tradition- Ravensburger Christmas Puzzles

Start a Family Tradition- Ravensburger Christmas Puzzles

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Every year we bring out a new Ravensburger Christmas Puzzle to work on during the days and nights leading up to Christmas. A table is set up, and the pieces are sorted (edge verses middle)… and off we go. Ravensburger …the German company based in Ravensburg… makes high quality puzzles with beautiful Christmas images. They […]

What is Lebkuchen? Lebkuchen are German Christmas Cookies!

Steinbach Company in Germany- Still Making Erzgebirge Magic for the World

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  “We want to bring the Erzgebirge magic into peoples homes all over the world.” While scrolling through Facebook recently, I came across an interesting comment on the Steinbach Nutcracker fan page… it said that the Steinbach Company in Germany had been purchased, and the factory was up and running again. WHAT! I did some […]

What is Lebkuchen? Lebkuchen are German Christmas Cookies!

Celebrating a German Christmas In California- Childhood Memories

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images by Pixabay I grew up in a suburb east of Los Angeles where my dad owned Nursery. Eighty-degree sunshine and palm trees are vastly different from Germany in December. Sure, the weather was great for plants, but I know my parents were homesick for snow and family. In the 1970s, travel was expensive, German […]

What is Lebkuchen? Lebkuchen are German Christmas Cookies!

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 […]

What is Lebkuchen? Lebkuchen are German Christmas Cookies!

What to Buy at German Christmas Markets- Check Our List, then Make Yours!

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  Headed to Germany for the German Christmas Markets? Prepare to be overwhelmed! There are so many wonderful things to see, smell, taste and most of all,  BUY! But before you go on a crazy spree and spend all your money on the first day…think about what you want or need, and consider your luggage […]

What is Lebkuchen? Lebkuchen are German Christmas Cookies!

German Chocolate Advent Calendars- Counting Down to Christmas has Never Been Sweeter!

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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 […]

What is Lebkuchen? Lebkuchen are German Christmas Cookies!

The History of German Christmas Markets- A German Holiday Tradition

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Christmas Market in Nuremberg German Pewter Ornament Nurnberg Decoration 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 […]

What is Lebkuchen? Lebkuchen are German Christmas Cookies!

Vanillekipferl Recipe in English- A German Christmas Cookie That is Delicious Year Round!

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  Although Vanillekipferl is traditionally a German Christmas Cookie, I make them year round. These light and delicious cookies are made from ground almonds, then flavored with vanilla and coating of sugar. Even though they don’t shout CHRISTMAS!, they are perfect for your Bunter Teller. And yet, they are the perfect thing to enjoy with […]

What is Lebkuchen? Lebkuchen are German Christmas Cookies!