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Ostara and Easter- A Legend that May be Younger than You Think

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While digging in to stories about Easter in Germany, I frequently come across references to the Germanic pagan goddess Ostara. In fact, Ostara and Easter appear to be so entwined, that even the word Ostern (Easter) comes from this goddess of Spring. And sources attribute many of the non-religious Easter symbols like eggs and rabbits […]

Eisheiligen in Germany – The German Ice Saints of May

Sorbian Easter Eggs- How are they made, and who are the Sorbs?

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Some of the most beautifully decorated Easter Eggs that I’ve ever seen are Sorbian Easter Eggs. My mother introduced us to them when we were children, and she remembered them from her childhood. You see, my Opa, her father, is from Weißwasser… a town in eastern Saxony, Germany, a town that once belonged to Upper Lusatia or Upper […]

Ostara and Easter- A Legend that May be Younger than You Think

The German Easter Holidays- Easter Weekend in Germany

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Celebrating the German Easter Holidays is much more than just finding eggs or church on Sunday. You celebrate the Easter weekend in Germany! Although the country is becoming more secular, Easter feels much more celebrated or acknowledged than here in the US. I’m not talking about the commercial aspect. Yes, there are colorful eggs and […]

Ostara and Easter- A Legend that May be Younger than You Think

Write to the Osterhase, Hanni Hase, at the German Osterpostamt

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Do you know someone who is excited about the Osterhase (Easter Bunny)? Why not get out some paper, pencil, and maybe some colorful markers, and let your little one write a letter to the Osterhase, Hanni Hase in Ostereistedt! The idea for an Easter Bunny Post Office came from an Advertising company in Hamburg back […]

Ostara and Easter- A Legend that May be Younger than You Think

German Easter Nest Tradition- From Germany to Texas

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My friend Chuck grew up in Yorktown, Texas, about an 1 ½ hours south of New Braunfels (the heart of German Texas), where his great great grandfather Johann Jost settled in 1848 after leaving Womelsdorf, Germany. Much of his family is still there. Because of the pandemic stay-at-home order, his sister is sorting through Afflerbach […]

Ostara and Easter- A Legend that May be Younger than You Think

Kinder for Easter- Fill the Easter Basket with Kinder Chocolate

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Kinder for Easter… that’s how I grew up. So, I know how terribly disappointed many of you are that Kinder Surprise Eggs aren’t available in the United States (I cover that issue in depth here–> Kinder Eggs). Still, there are many other WONDERFUL Kinder Treats that will be more than welcome in ANY child’s Easter […]

Ostara and Easter- A Legend that May be Younger than You Think

German Wooden Easter Decorations – The German Christmas Shop at Easter

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[no_toc] I pull my German wooden Easter decorations out every year. Wooden Bunnies and hanging eggs from the Osterbaum (Easter Tree) makes the house feel more festive in the Springtime. And although Nutcrackers and other German Christmas Ornaments have taken off here in the US… it’s still more difficult to find German Easter Ornaments. This […]

Ostara and Easter- A Legend that May be Younger than You Think

Oma’s Münsterländer Struwen Recipe for Good Friday

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Around Münster, a Good Friday without Struwen is unimaginable. So, every Good Friday, my Oma would make the . And now, thanks to my Tante Anne, I have the recipe for Münsterländer Struwen. These yeast dough pancakes satisfy hunger in a time of Fasting without appearing (as my aunt said) “üppig” (extravagant). Struwen are sweet, […]

German Celery Root Salad Recipe- Sellerie Salat

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