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German Christmas Traditions

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Combining German and American Christmas Traditions – Christkind and Santa Claus

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I wanted to share with you all a message that I got from Patricia about combining German and American Christmas Traditions. She’s in a spot that I KNOW is familiar to many of you. She Writes- “I am in a real predicament with Christmas. My twins are now three and understand Christmas. Both German and because […]

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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 […]

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German Christmas Traditions for Kids- Enjoy a German Style Christmas

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Christmas is a special time of year, but it is especially magical for children. I’m not talking about heaps of presents under the tree… there are so many German Christmas Traditions for kids that will bring joy and happiness to the little ones in your world. My parents didn’t have much money when I was […]

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Krampus in German Folklore – What IS Krampus?

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I grew up the child of Northern German parents, so I didn’t learn about Krampus until I was much older. In my world, Knecht Ruprecht was St Nicholas’s sidekick, and Krampus lived in Bavaria and Austria. But now, because of movies and popular culture… as well as annual Krampus Runs… the myth of Krampus is […]

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History of German Nutcrackers & Where to Get a Nutcracker for Your Home!

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German Christmas Nutcracker Santa Claus – 30,0 cm / 12 inches – Authentic German Erzgebirge Nutcrackers – Christian Ulbricht I love how the History of German Nutcrackers is tied up in a Fairy Tale….how perfectly German! Once upon a time, a farmer offered a reward for anyone who could help him easily open the Walnuts […]

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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 […]

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