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The Christmas Tree Apple, the Paradiesapfel
There is red apple hidden amongst the branches of many German Christmas Trees during Weihnachten, "Der Paradiesapfel" - The Paradise Apple. For the finder it's a symbol of 'hope' and 'promise' that something lost will be regained, or a goal or purpose revealed.
German Nut Cookie Recipes
For anyone who likes nuts here are two quick, simple and delicious cookie recipes. Classics from "Oma's kitchen" they are favorites found on any dish of German "Weihnachtsplaetzchen", Christmas Cookies, but are enjoyed all year round.
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, and "New Year" held no promises.
Hohenschwangau Castle, Schloss Hohenschwangau
"Hohenschwangau Castle" in Bavaria had its beginnings in the 12th century as the Fortress Schwanstein. The childhood home of King Ludwig II who built the "Neuschwanstein" fantasy castle, it is filled with history, treasures and art but has the atmosphere of a home.
German Words Used in English
Where did that word originate? You might be surprised. "Gemuetlich" and "Kindergarten" are at home in English and German, as are many other words which traveled from Germany to international worlds of business, science, technology, history and culture, and there absorbed into English.
Volkstrauertag, Remembrance Day in Germany
November's Volkstrauertag in Germany represents all, military and civilian, who died or were left to mourn as victims of violence brought about by combat or oppression. From Europe's old battlefields to the armed conflicts and struggles in our present-day world.
Birthdays in Germany
It is not a good idea to wish any German "Geburtstagkind", Birthday Child, a "Happy Birthday" until the actual day, and someone celebrating their 90th needs a very large cake, perhaps even a fire extinguisher. Why? It's "Birthdays" the German way.
German Farmer's Breakfast Recipe
A German "Bauernfruehstueck", Farmer's Breakfast, has many variations but is basically a large hash of potatoes, ham or bacon and onions, which, especially in the colder months, not only makes a delicious and popular addition to a breakfast table but at any time of the day.
Germany's Ceremonial Mountain Cattle Drives
Almabtrieb, ceremonial mountain cattle drives, have been part of farming life in Europe's alpine regions for centuries. During summer's last days and the beginning of autumn, processions of beautifully decorated cows create cow bell symphonies as they return to the valleys from alpine pastures.
Chestnut Soup, German Recipe
Chestnuts are amongst many things that the Romans introduced to "Germania", and during the fall and winter they are a favorite for "Food Foraging". Used as a base for many traditional German dishes one of the most popular is Chestnut Soup, with variations ranging from simple to exotic.
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