Category: Celebrations + Holidays

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 ...

See the Differences of Celebrating Birthdays between US & Germany

So, with October 3rd being my birthday, I thought it would interesting to post the differences in traditions associated with birthdays between the US and Germany.  Obviously this post provides general differences, but these can vary depending on the region of each country as well as the origin of the people involved.  In other words, ...

See the German Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) in Ludwigshafen, Germany

The month of December is a wonderful time in Germany.  Most Christmas traditions we have in the States originate from Germany.  The Christmas Tree, most Christmas Carols, the types of Christmas decorations....even the tradition of Santa Claus has been influenced by German tradition. Almost every village in Germany has a Christmas Market (called Weihnachtsmarkt in ...

See the German Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) in Neuleingen, Germany

Thanks to our friend Gesine, we visited a very unique Weihnachtsmarkt today. Almost every village, town, and city has their own Wiehnachtsmarkt (or Christmas Market). Some cities have several, and they are open through the day and into the evening from the end of November until Christmas. Most have vendors selling crafts, foods, candy, etc ...

Frohe Ostern…Happy Easter! How Does Germany Celebrate Easter?

One quickly learns that "the church" is taken very seriously in Germany.  A look through history books, you can understand why?!  Germany, the area where Martin Luther posted his thesis against the Catholic Church starting the Protestant Reformation.  Germany, the land where many significant battles (yes, battles) between Protestants & Catholics during the Thirty Years ...

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year – One Week Before Moving to Germany

This is just a quick posting to wish everyone a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!!  I have not had an opportunity to add any new posts to this blog since the announcement we are moving to Germany. As you can imagine, there is so much involved with moving, and moving internationally is even ...