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Schwibbogen German Christmas Light Arch from the Erzgebirge

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Like many German Christmas decorations, the Schwibbogen came from the Erzgebirge. Beginning in the Middle Ages, the Mettenschicht, became the traditional last work shift before Christmas in the Ore Mountains. The foreman ended work early by knocking on the walls (time to “knock off work”). Miners of the Erzgebirge would gather in one room and […]

Christmas Traditions from Germany that are Celebrated in America

The Oktoberfest Cookbook- German Oktoberfest Recipes and MORE

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Oktoberfest Cookbook: Authentic Recipes from the World s Greatest Beer Festival Because of our upcoming Webtoberfest celebrations, I thought it would be best to brush up on a few more German Oktoberfest Recipes. Naturally, I want to be able to cook the staples like Brathändl (Roast Chicken) and Kartofelsalat (potato salad …. my northern German […]

Super Easy German Fanta Cake or Fantakuchen Recipe

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 […]

Super Easy German Fanta Cake or Fantakuchen Recipe

German Wooden Easter Decorations – The German Christmas Shop at Easter

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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 year, […]

German Easter Nest Tradition- From Germany to Texas