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Advent Wreaths and Advent in Germany
Advent Wreaths don't decorate doors in Germany but 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.
Germany's Ruhr Valley - The Ruhr Metropolis
Germany's rejuvenated Ruhr Valley has an industrial history that reaches back 750 years, and a revitalized metropolis of 53 towns and cities which has been a "European Capital of Culture". A tribute honoring the way the entire region emphasizes European cultures, and the links connecting them.
Traditional Christmas Cookie Recipes
Baking Weihnachts Plaetzchen is another of Germanyís centuries old traditional Christmas customs. Holiday cookie recipes vary from region to region and family to family, but during Advent, even amongst those who do not follow the Christian faith, few homes will be without their Weihnachtskekse.
Germany's Lucky Chimney Sweeps
Traditions and superstitions about Chimney Sweeps are common throughout Europe, but in Germany both the practice and the customs of the country's Schornsteinfeger are rooted in the past.
Oberammergau Passion Play
The wind of change has blown through the Bavarian village of Oberammergauís centuries old and unique Passion Play, although Jesusí entrance to Jerusalem, his crucifixion and resurrection remain the focal points.
German Specialty, Roast Goose Recipe
"Koelner Martinsgans" is a delicious St. Martin's Goose specialty from Cologne. Roast Goose, Red Cabbage and Dumplings are enjoyed from autumn onwards, not only for the Christmas, New Year's Eve and St. Martin's Day festivities, and here is a recipe with the traditional side dishes.
German Halloween, All Saints and All Souls Days
Halloween has arrived in Germany. Witches, Germany's "Forest Goddesses" in pagan times, have returned, carved pumpkins, ghosts and skeletons are now seen on the streets, but it is celebrated alongside the country's centuries old "All Saints" and "All Souls" Day traditions.
Pumpkin Potato Pancake Recipe
Pumpkin left and no idea what to do with it? Pumpkin Potato Pancakes, traditional German "Rieberkuchen" with pumpkin added, will use up extra pumpkin but also become a family favorite without it. Or if you simply want a different autumn potato recipe how about Apple Potato Pancakes?
Weckmann, A Bread Man Recipe
In German speaking countries no St. Martin's Day or St. Nicholas celebration would be complete without a traditional sweet yeast dough "Bread Man". A specialty for the days leading to the holidays known as Stutenkerl, Nikolaus or Weckmann depending on the region, here is its 'story' and a recipe.
St. Martin's and Halloween Children's Lanterns
Making and carrying lanterns are something of a favorite pastime for children in Germany, and these safer versions of lamps are fun to make as well as practical for everything from Halloween, St. Martins and New Year, to those "any occasion will do" celebrations.
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