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The History of German Christmas Markets- A German Holiday Tradition

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Christmas Market in Nuremberg German Pewter Ornament Nurnberg Decoration Every year Christmas Markets pop up around Germany in the beginning of the Advent Season, signaling the approach of the Christmas Holidays. Christmas Markets began centuries ago, when regular markets were extended a few extra days to make the cold season a little more cheerful for […]

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Vanillekipferl Recipe in English- A German Christmas Cookie That is Delicious Year Round!

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  Although Vanillekipferl is traditionally a German Christmas Cookie, I make them year round. These light and delicious cookies are made from ground almonds, then flavored with vanilla and coating of sugar. Even though they don’t shout CHRISTMAS!, they are perfect for your Bunter Teller. And yet, they are the perfect thing to enjoy with […]

German Sour Cherry, Chocolate, and Cognac Gugelhupf Cake

What Is Walpurgisnacht? And How did An English Nun Become Associated with Witches?

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Legends and traditions about Witches are quite common in Germany… think about all the Fairy Tales you’ve ever heard, isn’t there always a witch? So, of course, there is a night called Walpurgisnacht or Hexennacht (Witches’ Night), a sort of second Halloween. But … What is Walpurgisnacht (pronounced Val-purr-gess-nach-t)? When is it celebrated? Why is […]

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