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St Martin’s Day Germany – What is St Martin’s Tag and how is it Celebrated?

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I visited Germany in November a few years ago, and was delighted to experience my first St Martin’s Tag (St.Martin’s Day Germany). Kids were out in the neighborhood after dark (which comes VERY EARLY in Nord-Rhine Westfalen in November) on November 11, carrying lanterns on poles, and singing as they walked down the street. But what […]

When is Oktoberfest in Munich?

Where to Order Your Favorite German Christmas Chocolates

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Schwermer Christmas Star Window Gift Box with Truffles 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 […]

How to Make Choco Crossies (Schoko Crossies) at Home

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

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This German Gluhwein Recipe-Warms Your Toes and Your Tummy I love to make up this Traditional German Gluhwein Recipe during the Holiday season. 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 a teeny bit more tolerable) (that […]

German Sour Cherry, Chocolate, and Cognac Gugelhupf Cake

Christmas Markets Along the Rhine – Visit Christmas Markets by Boat

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  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 […]

Water Castles or Wasserschlösser in the Münsterland

What is the Oktoberfest in Germany? How did it get Started? And how is it Celebrated?

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    Munich is the home of Oktoberfest. The Festival starts in late September, and just around that time we get these images of a Lederhosen wearing, Beer guzzling, Pretzel eating Man, with his Lusty dirndl wearing Fraulein. This image is only partially true, and doesn’t tell the whole story.  So, what IS the Oktoberfest in […]

When is Oktoberfest in Munich?