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Write to the Osterhase, Hanni Hase, at the German Osterpostamt

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Do you know someone who is excited about the Osterhase (Easter Bunny)? Why not get out some paper, pencil, and maybe some colorful markers, and let your little one write a letter to the Osterhase, Hanni Hase in Ostereistedt! The idea for an Easter Bunny Post Office came from an Advertising company in Hamburg back […]

Ostara and Easter- A Legend that May be Younger than You Think

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

Christmas Traditions from Germany that are Celebrated in America

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No one does Christmas like the Germans, so it’s no great shock that many Christmas Traditions from Germany found their way to America. You can imagine it, can’t you? Prized ornaments wrapped in paper and safely tucked into suitcases next to hand written recipes for Stollen and Lebkuchen. Memories of celebrating German Weihnachten connecting them […]

Ostara and Easter- A Legend that May be Younger than You Think

A Visit to the Silent Night Chapel Oberndorf Austria

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We’ve all sung it hundreds of times, in German, Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht or in English, Silent Night.  It’s THE Christmas song in most German households… the last song before the end of the Christmas Eve church Service, the last song before the Bescherung. Silent Night is a song we all know the words to […]

The Gäubodenmuseum- 7000 years of History in Straubing, Germany

What is the Weihnachtsmann? A German Christmas Gift- Giver

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This is the time of year where things can get a little confusing for some people. In Germany there is St Nicholas, the Christkind, AND the Weihnachtsmann... but Who is bringing the presents? What is the Weihachtsmann? To make it even more confusing, you add in mixed families here in the US where one parent […]

Ostara and Easter- A Legend that May be Younger than You Think

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