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Chugging Glögg at the Goslar Christmas Market

Bigger isn’t always better, especially when it comes to Europe’s Christmas markets. The smaller villages in Germany offer fewer crowds and a more intimate festival experience. This couldn’t be more true than in the town of Goslar just 75 km southeast of Hannover, Germany.  Founded in the 10th century, the town owes its Continue reading Chugging Glögg at the Goslar Christmas Market

Highlights of the 2016 Goettingen Christmas Market

Somehow the holiday season snuck up on us this year.  It’s probably partly because Thanksgiving – our festive American predecessor to Christmas – comes and goes without fanfare in Germany.  Plus we don’t shop much and aren’t buying Christmas gifts this year, so we  haven’t been down into the Goettingen city center for months Continue reading Highlights of the 2016 Goettingen Christmas Market

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Germany

Almost every year, Travis and I celebrate Cinco de Mayo on May 5th.  Neither of us is of Mexican descent, but like so many holidays we have in the States, it’s one that grew from our large immigrant population and one that many Americans celebrate.  In Mexico, the date commemorates a major military victory against French forces Continue reading Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Germany

Drawing Pysanky for Ukrainian Easter

As Americans, we’ve always celebrated our Easter holiday toward the end of March or some time before April 24th.  This year, the holiday arrived quite early on March 27th, a long weekend that we spent exploring the stunning city of Prague.  But despite all the decorations and festivities we saw there, I felt a bit like we’d missed Continue reading Drawing Pysanky for Ukrainian Easter

An MPI Christmas

With Christmas just a couple of short weeks away, I’ve been feeling a bit sad to be missing so many things we love about the holidays in the States.  Though I’m really not a big fan of gift exchanges that often involve obscene piles of presents, I love the other sparkly, warm and fuzzy parts of the holiday season.  Eggnog, craft fairs, and Continue reading An MPI Christmas

Göttingen Christmas Market

The weather in central Germany might be dismal and grey in the weeks leading up to Christmas, but folks here have long devised a cheery method of warding off the gloom and doom.  Starting with the beginning of Advent roughly four weeks before Christmas, locals descend upon even the smallest of town squares, transforming them Continue reading Göttingen Christmas Market

A Happy Holzminden Thanksgiving

I’ve always wondered why our American holiday, Thanksgiving,  is on the fourth Thursday of November.  So random.  The first recorded harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621 wasn’t on a Thursday.  It was a three-day feast that more likely occurred in September or even October to celebrate a bountiful harvest.  But Continue reading A Happy Holzminden Thanksgiving

Celebrating Swiss National Day

Google celebrates Swiss National Day!

Much like our American 4th of July, Swiss National Day is an official holiday celebrated with fireworks and parades, BBQs and bonfires.  It’s a day that was designated to commemorate the founding of Switzerland in 1291 when members of three cantons came together, Continue reading Celebrating Swiss National Day

8 Must-Haves For a Swiss 4th of July Bbq

Switzerland is different in so many ways than the US, but I defy you to find a person in either country who doesn’t love a good bbq.  And just as many Swiss folks celebrate their National Day (August 1st) with a barbecue, fireworks, and family/friends, many Americans celebrate our Independence Day, the 4th of July, in similar fashion. Continue reading 8 Must-Haves For a Swiss 4th of July Bbq