Category Archives: Vacation and holiday traditions

Germans are the vacation champions of the world. This is a holy rite performed annually every summer and skipping it can have serious consequences.

Ring in the New Year and fire the firecrackers

The New Year means more than resolutions. All of Germany sets off firecrackers at midnight....

‘Twas the Night Before Weihnachten

On a trip to a Christmas market in Munich, I was inspired by The Night....

Christmas cookies: Good, better, German

I loved Christmas cookies growing up and thought they were pretty good, but have since....

What happened to Santa Claus?

Santa Claus, St. Nick, or the Christ child? The figure we associate with Christmas takes....

Celebrating St. Martin from the comfort of the couch

Americans celebrate fall with Halloween, but Germans have St. Martin. Children carry lit lanterns in....

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No Halloween? No way. My sneaky and successful plot

Some Germans celebrate Halloween, but not all of them. I was determined to find a....

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Munching my way to Munich, one chaotic airport at a time

There’s a lot to be said for approaching challenging situations with the right attitude, which....

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Don’t look now, but there’s a shark at your feet

Everybody has their idea of a perfect vacation. I enjoy the ocean, but I don’t....

Even better than bread: the best excuse to fatten up, complete with cream filling

January is when Germans confront the fact that Christmas is over but winter is just....

Blasting our way into the New Year

Germans are so careful about maintaining their cars and build their houses so well that....

‘Twas the Night Before Weihnachten

On a trip to a Christmas market in Munich, I was inspired by The Night....

Christmas cookies: good, better, and German

I loved Christmas cookies growing up and thought they were pretty good, but have since....

What happened to my pumpkin pie?

It wouldn’t be a holiday without pumpkin pie, but what I bake today is a....

In not-so-hot pursuit of the Way of St. James

Somehow I keep coming across the camino or Way of St. James, leading to surprising....

No Halloween? No way. My sneaky and successful plot

Some Germans celebrate Halloween, but not all of them. I was determined to find a....

On The (Same) Road Again in New York City

I used to get lost all the time, but that all changed when GPS technology....

‘Twas the Night Before Weihnachten

The Night Before Christmas takes on a new twist when transport it to Munich -....

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German Christmas means hot wine and cold toes

Every town has its Christmas market. I try my luck fitting in as a local....

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The several Santa syndrome

Taking bits and pieces of different Christmas cultures can lead to a lot of confusion,....

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The 37 days of Christmas

From late November to early January, it's one long holiday season in Germany.

Thanksgiving? Not as traditional as you think

Americans like to think of Thanksgiving as being the ultimate American holiday, but it's actually....

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St. Martin’s – A holiday best spent on the couch

Feel like a walk in cold rain with a blustery wind while trying to keep....

Halloween has gone global but strange things happened

Halloween has made its way to Germany, but some funny things happened to this holiday....

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