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Birthdays in Germany, the Do's and Don'ts
Don't whatever you do wish a German Geburtstagkind, Birthday Child, Happy Birthday until the actual day. One minute after midnight yes, but not a second before. While 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 Bauernfrühstück, Farmer's Breakfast, in Germany 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. Processions of decorated cattle create cow bell symphonies as they walk down the mountains to the valleys, and their winter homes, from a summer spent on alpine pastures.

Chestnut Soup, German Recipe
Chestnuts are among many things that the Romans introduced to "Germania", and during 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 that range from simple to the exotic.

Chestnut Jam, German Recipe
Chestnut Jam, Kastanien Konfitur, is a popular seasonal recipe produced in Germany's kitchens from foraged nuts. The Romans brought chestnuts to Germania as they conquered the region, so during fall and winter they are found throughout the country, and the delicious jam is one of many recipes.

German Americans Who Made a Difference
German Americans make up 17 percent of the total US population. It was 1608 when the first immigrants arrived, with those following hoping to improve on the way their life had been "at home", but their work and lives have had an effect not only in America but worldwide.

The Day of German Unity
Tag der Deutschen Einheit - German Unity Day, commemorates October 3, 1990, when the German Democratic Republic became part of the Federal Republic of Germany, after the first peaceful revolution in history. For 40 years, from 1949 to 1989, there had been two Germanys. A look back...

German Gingerbread Spice Recipe
German Gingerbread Spice, Lebkuchengewürze, is one of those versatile store cupboard staples that can be used for many things throughout the year. From flavoring pumpkin pie, hot chocolate or yogurt with apple, to the gingerbread for witches cottages, cookies and hearts.

Oktoberfest Hearts - Gingerbread Cookie Hearts
Oktoberfest in Munich: Super sized version of a traditional Bavarian harvest festival, where many of the heart shaped gingerbread cookies have mottoes in Bairisch, the local dialect. Here are some traditions, mottoes and "translations" for those unmissable accompaniments to Oktoberfest beer.

Oktoberfest in Munich – Fun Facts
It's "Oktoberfest" although most of it takes place in September, an "Angel" on a hiatus from heaven attends every year, and one Munich Mayor opened it shouting "I'zapt os" instead of "O'zapft is", (it's tapped)...before any beer was consumed.

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