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German New Year Traditions

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! What is Sylvester? Pope Silvester and Emperor Constantine- Public Domaine Ok, first […]

German New Year’s Eve Traditions

What is Raclette Cheese? A Cheesy New Year’s Eve Tradition in Germany

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Whenever anyone asks me “What’s your favorite kind of Cheese?” my automatic answer is “the melted kind”. And yes, I have the kind of family that loves cheese, eats loads of cheese, and spends a lot of time talking about cheese. It’s no wonder that there were loud CHEERS when I brought home the Raclette […]

Pfirsichschnitten- Peach Streusel Cake Squares

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

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Dinner For One [no_toc] 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 […]

Karneval Berliner – Filled with Jam AFTER Frying

What is a Bunter Teller? A Plate of Christmas Cookies for Everyone!

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[no_toc] 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 […]

Pfirsichschnitten- Peach Streusel Cake Squares

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 […]

Karneval Berliner – Filled with Jam AFTER Frying