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A German-American Christmas: Then and Now (Part 2))

After sharing her childhood memories in Part 1 of “A German-American Christmas: Then and Now”, Eleanor O. reminisces about her family’s current holiday traditions. She is passing on her love of German traditions, culture and language to her granddaughters, extended family, and friends. 

I met Elke through another Kindergarten parent. I had a five year old [...]

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Lasst uns Froh und Munter sein -- Nikolaus traditions

On the night of December 5th, we’ll clean up our shoes and place them outside the front door, along with a plate of treats including carrots for his donkey.

We’ll cuddle up on the couch in front of the fireplace, drink Kinderpunsch and Glühwein, listen to Adventslieder, and read stories about Sankt Nikolaus. We’ll chat about [...]

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A German-American Christmas: Then and Now (Part 1)

One of our favorite things about Alphabet Garten is that we get to know our wonderful customers like Eleanor O, who shares her love of German traditions, culture and language with her granddaughters, extended family, and friends. Eleanor graciously shares her Christmas memories from the 1940s in the first of a 2 part series “A German-American Christmas: Then and Now”. 

Christmas in my family [...]

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Planning for the holidays

We’ve opened our Advent Shop to meet all of your needs for this busy season!

If you need some help planning your holidays, we highly recommend “Advent und Weihnachten mit Kindern erlebt“.

On December 1, it’s time to start your Adventskalender.  We stock a few out-of-the-ordinary calendars for a memorable Advent:

Pixi Adventskalender have a book for each day of Advent. [...]

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Alle Kinder dieser Welt series by Lesemaus

“Lesemaus” is a popular paperback picture book series for children, with entertaining stories that also provide information on a variety of interesting themes. Our children are curious about other cultures and religions, so we were delighted to find the Lesemaus series “Alle Kinder dieser Welt”.

In this series, the focus is on German families with roots in other lands [...]

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Fasching, Fastnacht, Karneval - Let's Party!

Fasching is just around the corner! Fasching is also known as Fasnacht or Karneval in German-speaking lands, but you may be more familiar with the terms Mardi Gras (New Orleans) or Carnival (Rio de Janeiro). Originally it was celebrated as a way to prepare for Ash Wednesday, and the fasting required during Lent. Now it is one [...]

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Adventskalenders

We treasure our German holiday traditions and they play a huge role in our family… Starting with the Adventskalender, of course! We both grew up with Advent calendars. My first ones were sent from family in Germany and we taped them to the window so the light would shine through the lovely pictures when the [...]

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Sonne, Mond und Sterne (Martinstag is Nov. 11)

In Germany and Austria, Martinstag, honoring the life of Sankt Martin, is celebrated on November 11. As the traditional songs will tell you, it is a time to take out your lantern, gather with friends and light the darkness in honor of a “good man”. 

 We craft lanterns and usually participate in the local Laternenumzug, meeting [...]

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Fall Tips: Halloween, Martinstag, Advent

October is a great time to plan ahead for some of the upcoming German festivities.
• Halloween costumes can be used again at Fasching (also known as Fastnacht or Karneval). So choose one you can wear again, or pick up a few at the after-Halloween festivities. Also consider going to a costume swap, such as those [...]

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Schultüte - a German tradition to celebrate the start of school

Can you believe it’s August and school is starting? Our schools don’t start until after Labor Day so we have a few more days, but I know some of you have already begun!  Do you have your Schultüte ready?

The Schultüte is a lovely German tradition that we have adopted in our family to celebrate the [...]

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