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German Christmas Smokers -Räuchermännchen, The History and Where to Get One!

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German Christmas Smokers may look like a toy, or a simple decoration that goes on the mantle, my wooden Smoker Snowman does more, he is an incense burner… a Räuchermännchen. (Sadly, over the years, his pipe was lost, so now we just pretend he’s outside breathing cold air). This type of Christmas decoration is fairly common […]

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Collectible Steinbach Ornaments for Your Christmas Tree

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Every year for Christmas, my mother gives us each special Steinbach Christmas Tree ornaments. Sometimes it represents a hobby, other times, it’s  a cute Santa. In this way we are amassing an amazing collection of Steinbach ornaments. The wood ornaments from Steinbach absolutely delight me from year to year, and since they are made of wood, […]

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More Christmas Tablecloths than Tables… Mehr Tischdeckchen als Tische

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November is when I start cleaning the things I will need for the holidays. Glassware gets a polish, the “good dishes” get a wash, and the tablecloths all get checked for a touch-up iron. So, yesterday I went to the drawer were I keep the Weinachts Tisch Deckchen ( little table cloths) and I realized […]

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

German Christmas Markets USA – Christkindlmarkt in America

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Can’t make it to Germany this year? It turns out there are a few Christkindlmarkts or German Christmas Markets in America and Canada. This list was compiled by my readers… If you have any to add, please put them in the comments below, and I will add them to the page. I want to keep […]

D’lustig’n Wendlstoana Tanzgruppe- Keeping up Tradition with Dance

German Wooden Santas- Find the Perfect German Santa Claus Figurine!

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German incense smoker Santa Claus under candlearch, height 19 cm / 7 inch, original Erzgebirge by Mueller Seiffen German wooden Santas are some of my favorite Christmas Decorations. It’s a special day when the Christmas boxes come out of storage, and we unpack our Weinachtsmaenner. As you can see,  German Santa Claus Figurines are a […]

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Christmas Tree Lametta- German Tinsel for the Christmas Tree

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We always had Lametta, or Tinsel for the Christmas Tree, a German Tradition. (Even for their first Christmas in America, my parents had it!) Long strands of silver that hang from the tree looking like shiny icicles. Mom insisted on it. I loved it, even though none of my American friends had a Christmas tree […]

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Wendt and Kühn Angels- The Erzgebirge Grünhainichen Angel Orchestra

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  Wendt & Kuhn Blonde Hand Painted Grunhainichen Angel Violin Figurine I love my Wendt and Kuhn Angels! This Erzgebirge Angel Orchestra sits on my mantle at Christmastime. Their sweet faces make me smile. When it’s time to unpack our set of Wooden Angels, it takes me back to my childhood. When I was a little girl […]

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Where to Order Your Favorite German Christmas Chocolates

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Schwermer Christmas Star Window Gift Box with Truffles I grew up with German Christmas Chocolates. That smooth, rich,delicious taste that melts on my tongue. Mmmmmmmm When I was a child, my Opa would send care packages from Germany at Christmas, and again on our Birthdays… large packages wrapped in brown paper tied with string. When […]

How to Make Choco Crossies (Schoko Crossies) at Home

Traditional German Glühwein Recipe- German Mulled Wine For a Cold Evening

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This German Gluhwein Recipe-Warms Your Toes and Your Tummy I love to make up this Traditional German Gluhwein Recipe during the Holiday season. It smells good… it tastes good…. it SCREAMS Christmas in my ear…(oh wait… that’s the Kids…) (actually, a Gluhwein for mommy might make the screaming kids just a teeny bit more tolerable) (that […]

Recipe for Soft German Pretzels (without Lye)

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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