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What is German Unity Day – Tag der Deutschen Einheit

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What is German Unity Day or the Tag der Deutschen Einheit? This National Holiday is the celebration of when Germany unified into ONE whole country. For 41 years, Germany was split between the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the Democratic Republic of Germany (East Germany). They existed as two separate nations. On November […]

Where did the Christmas Tree Originate? In Germany of Course!

What is the Sandmaennchen? A little Man who Sent German Kids to Dream

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Unser Sandmännchen 643772 Hand Puppet Sandmann 35 cm Multi-Coloured When the Wall separating East Germany from West Germany fell, many of the icons produced by the East vanished, mostly because something different already existed in the West, and the Wessi got to keep its job. There is one BIG exception. The Sandmännchen. What is the […]

What is German Unity Day – Tag der Deutschen Einheit

What is a Schrebergarten? Little Gardens with Little Huts in Germany

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You are traveling along in Germany, and suddenly on the side of the railroad tracks, there is a cluster of fenced in tiny houses surrounded by small gardens. Are these actual homes? Are they campground for seasonal workers? Is this where the Garden Gnomes live when they aren’t in your garden?? Actually, these little plots […]

Things to do in Bamberg Germany- It’s more than Smoked Beer!

Shopping for German School Supplies- It’s Much Different than California

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  My daughter, Katy, is spending a Semester studying in Berlin. I’m delighted that she will be sending us regular posts about life as a California Girl in Germany. This week… shopping for German School supplies. Apparently, it’s not the same as it is here in California…  All photos taken by Katy used with permission.  […]

What is German Unity Day – Tag der Deutschen Einheit

Who are those Cartoon Men on German TV? The Mainzelmännchen!!!

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  Isn’t it nice how the little things can make you so happy? One distinctly German cartoon that brought me endless delight was the Mainzelmännchen! These little animated men on German TV would come on during the commercials in quick animated spots that just made us LAUGH. Over the years, these adorable little guys have […]

What is German Unity Day – Tag der Deutschen Einheit

What is Federweisser? All you Need to Know About this VERY Young Wine

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  When people think about traveling to Germany in the Fall, they often think Oktoberfest. BUT, the country has so much more to offer besides this well-known attractions! For example,  Federweisser. What is Federweisser? It’s an alcoholic drink only available during the months of September and October. This is a real autumnal tradition for many […]

Rüdesheim Coffee Recipe- Make Rüdesheimer Kaffee at HOME

German School Cones- Schultüte for the First Day of School, Buy them HERE

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    Letters Numbers Back to school schultüte kinder cone gift Medium size The Schultüte tradition goes back to the early 1800s in Germany. On their first day of school, children traditionally receive a cone shaped bag or “Tüte” filled with treats and toys, to make starting real school just a little bit sweeter. Before […]

The German Christmas Shop- For those Special Christmas Memories