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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…

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…

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…

How to Celebrate St Martin’s Day

In German culture, between Hallowe’en and Advent/ Christmas, we have another celebration to look forward to – the wonderful festival of St Martin, which falls on 11th November. Although it’s practically unheard of in Scotland and the UK, we still celebrate this with the boys every year, so I thought I’d tell you a bit […] Read more…

What to Pack in a ‘Schultüte’ (Vol.2)

Exactly one week to go! I can’t believe it’s come around so quickly and my youngest will be off to school so soon! As I’ve mentioned before, this milestone is celebrated big time in German tradition. We’ll be having a little party for him this weekend, with friends and family, and yesterday I shared a […] Read more…

School Shoes Sorted with Maddie & Mark’s [AD]

We’re half way through our Summer holidays already, and preparations have started for the new school year. This August, I’ll have not one, but two school kids to kit out – my eldest is going in to P5 and my youngest is very excited to be starting in P1. Today we went shopping for uniforms, […] Read more…

Gift Guide for Kids Starting School

I can’t believe that my youngest will be starting school in just four weeks! In Germany, this was a very big deal. When Oskar started school in Berlin three years ago, they had a big enrolment ceremony on the Saturday before their first proper day. The older classes put on a show with singing and […] Read more…

Hotter Shoes – for Busy Mums on the Go [AD]

Last month I attended the annual BlogOn conference in Manchester. Little did I know, that besides inspirational talks, great conversations with brands and other bloggers, and an epic goodie bag, I would also come away winning a free fitting and pair of shoe from Hotter Shoes as part of their ‘Hotter Fit Fortnight’. Since this […] Read more…

Celebrating Father’s Day with Moonpig [AD]

Last weekend, I was invited along to an event organised by Moonpig, your one-stop online shop for cards, gifts and flowers for all occasions. The event was part of their campaign to ‘make time to celebrate the times that matter’, with an afternoon of fun workshops to get us fired up for Father’s Day. We […] Read more…

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