How Germany Celebrates Christmas

How Germany Celebrates Christmas

Christmas … the holiday celebrated around the world! Traditions, some of them hundreds of years old, fill European Christmases. With this in mind, let’s look at how Germany celebrates Christmas through Advent, gift-giving and Christmas trees. Advent in Germany Advent is the four weeks leading up to Christmas. During Advent, many families in Germany display an Advent calendar and Advent wreath. Advent Calendar (Adventskalendar) The calendar countdown begins December 1. Each day children (or adults!) open a numbered door/window to

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Irish Blessings & Colcannon Recipe

Irish Blessings & Colcannon Recipe

Want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day but wish to keep it simple? Decorate with Irish blessings and devour a warm bowl of colcannon! I must confess that I delight in decorative touches in my home for various holidays. However, I don’t wish to invest a great deal of time or money. Christmas is a bit of an exception, but even then I’m looking to spend time and money wisely. Choose from Many Irish Blessings I decided to start by choosing

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Craft Yourself a Great St. Patrick’s Day

Craft Yourself a Great St. Patrick’s Day

We’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Hair turns green, beer turns green; it’s green, green, green all day long! Celebrate the luck of the Irish with these delightful green crafts and a few treats, too! There’s something for the whole family to make and enjoy!

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Experiencing Easter Through Semana Santa

Experiencing Easter Through Semana Santa

“When Lorene Bronner shared with me her experience of Semana Santa in Guatemala last year, I was captivated by her story. Semana Santa is the celebration through Holy Week leading up to Easter. I invite you to take a trip to Latin America with me as Lorene vividly and reverently recalls her encounter with Semana Santa and the Guatemalan culture!” – Aileen Libbey

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5 Ways To Say “I Love You” This Valentine’s Day

5 Ways To Say “I Love You” This Valentine’s Day

We’re sharing 5 ways to say “I Love You” just in time for Valentine’s Day … or really for any day of the year! Showing someone how much they mean to you can never be overdone, in my personal opinion. To those who may beg to differ – and that’s OK – I’d like to offer this realization I happened upon years ago. You just never know if the moment you decide not to share your love or appreciation, for

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Department 56 Giveaway and Winter Display Ideas

Department 56 Giveaway and Winter Display Ideas

– THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED – Congratulations to Shawn Kennedy from California, the winner of our Department 56 Dickens’ Village giveaway of “Russell Street Books”! Thank you to everyone who entered. No winter doldrums here! Read on for your chance to win our Department 56 giveaway, the Dickens’ Village piece “Russell Street Books.” Along the way, snag some great Department 56 winter display ideas.

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Celebrating Michigan with a Cookie Recipe

Celebrating Michigan with a Cookie Recipe

Michigan celebrates 183 years of statehood January 26, 2020. So you’ll find us celebrating Michigan, the only state with two peninsulas, with a delicious cookie recipe! In brief, the special ingredient is cream cheese, and we’ll double the deliciousness with both upper peninsula and lower peninsula cookie cutters. Smitten with the Mitten Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas are separated by the 5-mile Straits of Mackinac waterway joining Lakes Huron and Michigan. As a result, the Mackinac Bridge, a state landmark

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