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German Smokers Incense Burners -Räuchermännchen, The History and Where to Get One!

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German Smokers Incense burners may look like a toy, or a simple decoration that goes on the mantle, my wooden Smoker Snowman does more, he is an incense burner… a Räuchermännchen. (Sadly, over the years, his pipe was lost, so now we just pretend he’s outside breathing cold air). This type of Christmas decoration is fairly […]

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Collectible Steinbach Ornaments for Your Christmas Tree

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Every year for Christmas, my mother gives us each special Steinbach Christmas Tree ornaments. Sometimes it represents a hobby, other times, it’s  a cute Santa. In this way we are amassing an amazing collection of Steinbach ornaments. The wood ornaments from Steinbach absolutely delight me from year to year, and since they are made of wood, […]

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More Christmas Tablecloths than Tables… Mehr Tischdeckchen als Tische

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November is when I start cleaning the things I will need for the holidays. Glassware gets a polish, the “good dishes” get a wash, and the tablecloths all get checked for a touch-up iron. So, yesterday I went to the drawer were I keep the Weinachts Tisch Deckchen ( little table cloths) and I realized […]

Steinbach Company in Germany- Still Making Erzgebirge Magic for the World

Traditional German Advent Wreath – An Advents Kranz to Count the Sundays before Christmas

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The Advent Calendar isn’t the only way to mark the time before Christmas, in our home we always had a Traditional German Advent Wreath.  My mother would bring it out for the first Sunday of Advent, and the Holiday Season would officially begin in our home. I couldn’t understand why other (non-German) houses I visited […]

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Traditional German Advent Calendars- Count the Days until Christmas!

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Having a Traditional German Advent Calendar to count down the days to Christmas was as normal to me as breathing or putting on House Shoes…. It is just something we had in our home. Some years they were quite simple… a double thick cardboard printed with Christmas scenes, and pictures behind each door. Other years they […]

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German Wooden Santas- Find the Perfect German Santa Claus Figurine!

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German incense smoker Santa Claus under candlearch, height 19 cm / 7 inch, original Erzgebirge by Mueller Seiffen German wooden Santas are some of my favorite Christmas Decorations. It’s a special day when the Christmas boxes come out of storage, and we unpack our Weinachtsmaenner. As you can see,  German Santa Claus Figurines are a […]

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Advent – Celebrate German Holiday Traditions in America

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Advent – Celebrating German Holiday Traditions in America: Celebrating German Holiday Traditions in America I grew up in a German household in Southern California celebrating German traditions like Advent. We spoke German in the home, my parents had German friends that were like family (we addressed them as Tante and Onkel), and they had kids […]

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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 […]

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