German Christmas Services – Gottesdienst in America

Christmas is a time when we search for home and tradition. For many of us, this means a church service in a familiar German language. The words and songs of our childhood. With the help of my readers, I’ve put together a list of German Christmas Services in the United States and Canada. Some are entirely in German, others are…

German Christmas Baking Recipes: Traditional Recipes Made Easy by Christian Teubner

Christmas Baking: Traditional Recipes Made Easy (English and German Edition) Christian Teubner has written a number of German Cookbooks, but “Christmas Baking” is one that I reach for all the time. Originally titled “Weinachtsbaekerei”, it covers all of the traditional German Christmas Cookie Recipes, and even a few cakes and breads. It’s a little book, but it is LOADED with…

German Christmas Music – CDs, Videos, and Lyrics to sing along

Our home was always filled with music while I was growing up. Classical, folk music, Schlager, opera, instrumental…my mother singing as she worked… there was always music. And during the Holidays it was German Christmas Music. Germans love music… and they LOVE to sing. We spent 30 minutes of every 3 hour German School class SINGING together! And especially at…

Feuerzangenbowle Recipe and Where to Buy A Feuerzangenbowle Set

Nothing says Gemütlichkeit like a flaming drink…. The German Feuerzangenbowle Set (literally, Fire Tongs Punch brings friends together. This traditional, German mulled wine (Glühwein), has a flaming cone of sugar over it, slowly dripping the caramelized sugar into the warm wine for extra flavor. I absolutely fell hard for this drink while visiting the Christmas Markets in Germany last year.…

Marzipan Pigs Good Luck -Marzipan Glückschwein

The Marzipan Pig Tradition is quite simple…. If you give Marzipan Pigs, good luck and delicious flavors will be spread to friends and family this Christmas! Many Germans like to include a Marzipan Glückschwein with  their Christmas gifts! Or as a special gift for the New Year. These sweet treats will make anyone feel lucky…. If only because they have a…

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

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 and presents. Ach, du lieber…

Cinnamon Star Cookie Recipe – German Zimtsterne Recipe

  Certain cookies just just have to be Christmas Cookies. This Cinnamon Star Cookie Recipe, or as they are more commonly known in Germany, Zimt Sterne, is one of those. ( Face it, some cookies just have to be eaten at certain times of the year, and no other…. gingerbread men are odd in July… unless they are in a bathing suit.)I do have…

German Christmas Smokers -Räuchermännchen History & Where to Buy One!

German Christmas Smokers may look like a toy, or a simple decoration that goes on the mantle, but they do more, they are incense burners or Räuchermännchen.  This type of Christmas decoration is fairly common in most German households (like Nutcrackers), and there are different types of Smokers- Räuchermännchen are collected by many people. You’ll find a variety of Santas,…

Collectible Steinbach Ornaments for Your Christmas Tree

  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, they don’t shatter when…

More Christmas Tablecloths than Tables Mehr Tischdeckchen als Tische

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 smaller Weihnachts Tisch Deckchen (Christmas table cloths) and I realized something… over the past few…

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