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German New Year Traditions

German New Year’s Eve Traditions to Enjoy with Family and Friends

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German New Year’s Eve traditions are a nice mix between staying in with family and friends, and sending the old year out with a BANG and Fireworks! How you celebrate depends on you. Personally, I’m a big fan of stay in… but ever since I was a child, we’ve made noise fireworks and cheers when […]

Rauhnächte- In Germany, it’s the Time Between the Years

What is Sylvester? Why is New Year’s Eve called Silvester in Germany?

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Growing up, I always wondered why New Year’s Eve was called Silvester, what is Sylvester?  My parents always celebrated New Year’s Eve with a party… but a Sylvester Party? The whole thing is a little bit confusing…. Fortunately, there is an easy explanation! And it all dates back to a pope… and a change in […]

Rauhnächte- In Germany, it’s the Time Between the Years

The Dinner for One Film- A German New Year’s Eve Tradition

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Dinner For One Some German Traditions are completely baffling to me, like the German love of the Dinner For One Film on New Year’s Eve. How on earth did this British Comedy sketch become a nationwide phenomenon? So, of course, I had to start digging to find the origins. Why is an English language movie […]

Sternsinger in Germany – Children helping Children with Song

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 […]

German Hedgehog Cookie Recipe

Bleigiessen- A New Year’s Tradition in Germany

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A fun New Year’s Eve Tradition in Germany for families try to divine their fortune for the New Year is Bleigiessen, Lead Pouring. This ancient form of divination, also known as Molybdomancy, has been used for 1000s of years in many cultures. Now it’s mostly just for fun, although… there may be something to it…. Originally, a […]

Sternsinger in Germany – Children helping Children with Song

Marzipan Pigs Good Luck -Marzipan Glückschwein

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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 […]

Rauhnächte- In Germany, it’s the Time Between the Years