A Visit from St Nicholas

At this time of year, there are saints galore being celebrated in German tradition: first St Martin, then St Barbara, and today on the 6th December we are celebrating St Nicholas. There are many legends surrounding St Nicholas, who lived in the 3rd to 4th century AD and was Bishop of Myra in what is […] Read more…

Lolly Stick Reindeer

The countdown to Christmas is on! If you’re looking for some easy Christmas crafts to do with the kids, look no further than these cute lolly stick reindeer: If you prefer step by step instructions, then read on! First of all, you will need: 3 lolly sticks brown paint (I used a quick drying paint […] Read more…

Branches for St Barbara’s Day

Today I wanted to tell you a bit more about one of the traditions I mentioned in my recent post on ‘How to Celebrate Christmas Like a German‘. At this time of year, we’ve just finished mourning the passing of the colourful Autumn foliage, and are starting to deck our houses out in winter greenery […] Read more…

November Snapshots

November is always a busy month for us, with St Martin’s Day, two birthdays, and the German Church Christmas Fair which we always help out with. St Martin’s Day lantern procession Birthday No.1 Detective Birthday Party Birthday No.2 Pirate Birthday Party Making Advent wreaths for the German Church Christmas Fair Rehearsing the puppet show for […] Read more…

How to celebrate Christmas Like a German

Earlier this week, I was chatting with someone about how we celebrate Christmas in Germany, and they were surprised at how much it differed in some ways from Christmas in the UK. My lucky boys of course get to grow up with the best of both worlds, but for those of you not in the […] Read more…

Paper Bag Stars

Today I have another super easy craft idea to share with you that you can get the kids involved in – it’s the most genius way to make Christmas star decorations! Credit where credit is due, it was actually my aunt who showed us how to make these, when we were visiting my parents in Germany […] Read more…

How to put together an Explorer Kit

It’s that time of year again, when everyone is on the lookout for gift ideas. We have two November birthdays to throw in to the mix too, to complicate matters. Keen to avoid mindlessly adding to the ever-growing stash of toys, I’m always on the lookout for alternative gift ideas, and one of my favourite […] Read more…

Roasted Root Vegetable Soup

So today, I have a very special ‘guest’ post for you. Oskar, my eldest, is doing something called the Junior Duke Award at school, for which he has to complete various tasks. One task was to cook a soup for his family for dinner, from scratch, which his dad filmed and made in to a […] Read more…

Pine Cone Wreath

Have you spent the Autumn months foraging for nature’s bounty with your kids? Acorns, conkers, leaves, pine cones – you name it, we’ve collected it. Here’s an idea for creating a beautiful pine cone wreath to decorate your home with for the winter season ahead. You can get the kids involved with the painting or […] Read more…

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