German Christmas Markets USA & Canada- Enjoy the Holiday Magic!

-Can’t make it to Germany this year? It turns out there are a few Christkindlmarkts or German Christmas Markets in America and Canada. These markets are a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit without the cost of plane fare, you just need a car, or heck, with the money you save, you can take a Limo! Find those…

Collectible Wooden German Santa Claus Figurines from the Erzgebirge

ISDD German incense smoker Santa Claus under candlearch, height 19 cm/7 inch, original Erzgebirge by Mueller Seiffen German Santa Claus figurines are some of my favorite Christmas Decorations. Probably because my mom always had a line up of them on her mantle… and so now I do too! It’s a special day when the Christmas boxes come out of storage,…

Christmas Tree Lametta- German Tinsel for the Christmas Tree

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 that looked anything like ours.…

Wendt and Kühn Angels- The Grünhainichen Angel Orchestra

I love my Wendt and Kühn Angels! The Grünhainichen 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 I would spend hours arranging and re-arranging the bands of angels, and I even imagined…

Where to Order Your Favorite German Christmas Chocolates

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 you opened the packages… the smell, I still remember the smell. It smelled…

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

This German Gluhwein Recipe-Warms Your Toes and Your Tummy I love to make up this Traditional German Gluhwein Recipe during the Holiday season  rather then going to Costa Coffee or Starbucks for a cup of coffee. 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…

Christmas Markets Along the Rhine- Cruise the Rhine in December

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 the stage with special Christmas…

German Christmas Pyramids -Light & Movement Brighten The Holidays

In our home everyone is excited when the German Wooden Christmas Pyramids come out of their boxes. We have two in my home… one depicting the Nativity, the other is a band of sweet Angels. A German Christmas Pyramid Carousel is generally made of wood. They have fins or paddles on the top that attach to a central pin. Candles…

Traditional German Christmas Cookies- Recipes & Links to Buy

Oh my, I do love Traditional German Christmas Cookies. We would bake some, but most we would get from my Opa. You see, every year he would carry a suitcase full over or send us a massive package , wrapped in brown paper and tied with twine… we’d open it up and find a treasure trove of Cookies ( Plätzchen), and Chocolates…

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