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What is a Rauschgoldengel? The legend of the Golden Angel

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  High above the Plobenhofstra├če entrance of the Nuremberg Christkindelmarkt hangs the Rauschgoldengel. This large gold-foil angel is there to welcome all of the guests as a symbol of the market. And all over the market, you will find stalls selling smaller versions of this Golden Angel. But what is a Rauschgoldengel? And how did […]

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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, […]

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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 the Sandmaennchen? A little Man who Sent German Kids to Dream

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 the Sandmaennchen? A little Man who Sent German Kids to Dream

German Hand Blown Glass Ornaments- Delicate Christmas Gems for Your Tree

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  Vw Bug Car German Glass Style Christmas Ornament – 5.5 Inches My heart broke a little bit last night when I heard the crash… a glass VW Bug ornament slipped from my hand and shattered on the wooden floor. I know, I know, they are only things… but some things have so much more […]

What is the Sandmaennchen? A little Man who Sent German Kids to Dream

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 […]

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Celebrating a German Christmas In California- Childhood Memories

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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 Products exotic, and […]

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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 […]

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