Life size baby Jesus. Munich Christmas miracle, Baby Jesus, Christkindl

The Munich Christmas miracle

The people of Munich have their very own Christkindl or Christ child. Every year it is displayed for worship from the first day of Christmas until the Three Kings Day (Epiphany) early January in the Bürgersaal Church. The daily mass at 5 pm has a long tradition and is a highlight of the Christmas season. There you can see the Augustinian Christkindl, a precious, life-sized … Continue reading The Munich Christmas miracle

Christmas of my childhood banner

“Weihnachten” from my Childhood

The Advent in Germany is the most magical and festive time. I remember the romantic historical Christkindlmarkets, the garland, lights and glittering Christmas trees, the Glühwein and Lebkuchen that makes a dreary season heart light up. As children we decorated a wreath with four candles, called “Adventskranz,” and lit a new candle every Sunday. Afterward we would walk down the street and view the decorated homes with wreaths, yards and trees with strings of lights, and pyramids with candles in the windows. Continue reading “Weihnachten” from my Childhood

Weihnachtsgans, Baked Goose, Christmas goose

Christmas Goose, a feast for your loved ones

A juicy, crispy goose as I had growing up in Germany – who can resist that? Here is a wonderful recipe with a classic fruity-spicy filling. The Christmas goose is a wonderful festive meal. In Germany, young and old look forward to eating the deliciously seasoned goose legs and goose breast or nibbling on a goose wing. Should you also have a Christmas goose on … Continue reading Christmas Goose, a feast for your loved ones

Nuernberger Christmas Market

Nuremberg has a new Christkind

The Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt is one of the most famous Christmas markets in the world – with a “real” Christkind, the original Gingerbread and the Christkindlesglühwein. The new Christkind Benigna has opened the Weihnachtsmarket on Friday (29.11.19) with the traditional prologue The Nürnberger Christkindlmarkt is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany. The pre-Christmas sales fair on Nürnberg Main Market can be traced back to … Continue reading Nuremberg has a new Christkind

Zwetschgenmännchen, making dolls out of plums

“Zwetschgemännle” made out of dried Prunes

For decades the “Zwetschgenmännle” which are popular figures from dried Prunes, can be found at the colorful world of the Christkindlesmarkt. There are over 350 different figures – from “Nackerte” (Naked) to “Schlotfeger” (Chimney sweeper) to Lovers. The repertoire ranges. There are hundreds of Gnomes and bass Violin players, Guitarists and Pianists, Cooks and Waiters, Mushroom pickers, Pastors, and even Devils etc. Continue reading “Zwetschgemännle” made out of dried Prunes

Mulled red wine or Glühwein

Easy Glühwein

If you crave a quick cup of Glühwein, you can use a Stash Chai Spice tea bag, hot red wine and some sugar (or honey) You also can make Glühwein from scratch. As you see, this tea has most ingredients you would use making Glühwein. If making a pot, top it off with peeled orange slices (with a peeler to keep off the white part). … Continue reading Easy Glühwein