Germany's Dried Fruit People, Zwetschgenmaennla
Prune Men, or Prune People as long ago Zwetschgenmaennla the dried plum boys were joined by Zwetschgenweibla, dried plum girls, are traditional German handcrafts. Symbols of GOOD LUCK and given to celebrate everything from New Year to Weddings. The story and an easy DIY "How To" guide.
Germany 1946/47, The Hunger Winter
Europe lay in rubble, and the winter of 1946/1947 was the coldest in living memory. Known in Germany as the time of "Weisser Tod", white death, and "Schwarzer Hunger", black hunger, hundreds of thousands died. Weihnachten was different that year, Spring and New Year held no promises.
Advent Calendars, a Countdown to Christmas
December 1 means time to open one of the Advent Calendar's doors and discover the first of its twenty-four surprises. The countdown to Heiligabend, Christmas Eve, has begun. For generations an Adventskalender has been one of Germany's much loved Weihnachtszeit holiday traditions.
Gluehwein and More - Holiday Drink Recipes
Cold weather in Germany means traditional warming winter drinks, but not only for Weihnachten and New Year with its timeless combination of "Gluehwein" and "Christmas/New Year". From Gluehwein and Punch to Pharisaeer there are so many, and here are a few to try, with the Pharisaeer legend.
Advent Wreaths and an Advent in Germany
Advent Wreaths don't decorate doors in Germany, they sit on flat surfaces or hang from a height and have four candles surrounded by evergreen foliage. One for each of Advent's four weeks. 'Die Adventskraenze', just one of many traditions that are a part of Christmas in Germany.
Traditional German Christmas Cookie Recipes
Weihnachts Plaetzchen, another of Germany’s Christmas traditions. Holiday cookie recipes vary from region to region and family to family, but few homes will be without their favorite Weihnachtskekse for Advent and Christmas. Here are "Pots of Love" and "Coconut Chocolate Macaroons" recipes.
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