The 14 Typical Questions from Family & Friends about Living in Germany

In June, I visited home in the United States, and it was the first time back in almost 2 years. I was home for only one week, and the time flew by. From visiting different family members and friends, the days just went by very fast. Before I knew it, I was back home in …

Find Out the 25 Things Only an American Expat in Germany Can Truly Understand

Okay, so it has been two years since we moved from the US to Germany. Before we moved, we took German lessons, researched the area online, made some early visits to find a place to live, & talked to fellow German colleagues living in the States as well as American colleagues who had already moved …

See How a Medieval Castle in Heidelberg Makes for a Festive German Christmas Market

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 …

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 …

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, …