Category: Northern Europe

How Did Today’s Christmas Traditions Start in America? Here’s a Hint German Christmas Markets.

Christmas in Germany is my favorite time of year! As a child growing up in the US, I always loved Christmas, and now living in Germany I feel as if I am living inside of a Christmas storybook come to life, since most of the images we Americans have of Christmas have their origins from ...

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We Have an Announcement – InterNations.org Has Recommended Our Site for Expats in Germany

Exciting news from the home offices here at WorldThruOurEyes.com.  Okay, it is just my desk in my apartment overlooking the Rhein River....but exciting news nonetheless!!! InterNations.org is an international community of 1 million+ Expats worldwide that was founded in 2007 by Expats for Expats.  It is a great networking organization for Expats in various communities ...

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A Traditional German Housewarming Present

I have lived in Germany now for two years, and have just learned about a traditional German housewarming present.  My new awareness of this very longstanding tradition is because of a relocation into a new office building at work. The tradition.... is giving the new homeowner gifts of bread & salt, as well as one ...

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Do You Know about St. Nicolas Day in Germany? Do You Know the History & Origin of Santa Claus vs. Saint Nicolas?

As a child and even today, my favorite image of Christmas is "Santa Claus".  Who would not love a figure that brings you gifts, right?  Before moving to Germany, I never really gave much thought into the origin of Santa Claus, or why he had so many names (e.g., St. Nick, St. Nicolas, Kris Kringle, ...

See How German I Am Now After Living in Germany

After two years of living in Germany, I wonder to myself how 'German' have I become versus my American culture? The last time I visited home in the States was at Christmas last year, and I could already notice a difference after my first year. So, this got me thinking -- How German Am I ...

Picking the Perfect Day Trip in Ireland: Kissing the Blarney Stone & the Beauty of Cork/Cobh

As long as we live in Germany, I will have my birthday, October 3rd, as a work holiday, since it is German Reunification Day.  This year, the holiday fell on a Friday, meaning we had an extended weekend.  We decided to take a couple of extra vacation days and visit the beautiful country of Ireland.  ...