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

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Der 90. Geburtstag oder 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 […]

What is Lebkuchen? Lebkuchen are German Christmas Cookies!

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 […]

What is Lebkuchen? Lebkuchen are German Christmas Cookies!

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 […]

What is Lebkuchen? Lebkuchen are German Christmas Cookies!

German Krapfen Recipe…. Fried Dough Treats!

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One of my father’s favorite food memories is his Mother’s German Krapfen Recipe that she would make every year on New Year’s Eve and on Fastnachtdienstag (Shrove or Fat Tuesday). These are Rheinische  Öl Krapfen, which means they are a fried yeast dough filled with raisins… sort of like a donut, but not (so don’t make these […]

What is Lebkuchen? Lebkuchen are German Christmas Cookies!

Marzipan Pigs Good Luck -Marzipan Glückschwein

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  Niederegger Marzipan Pig – 100g/3.5 Oz 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 […]

What is Lebkuchen? Lebkuchen are German Christmas Cookies!