Posts Tagged ‘german traditions’

Easter Egg Tree

It’s less than a month to go until Easter, time to get decorating! In the last years we’ve often been away over Easter, so haven’t gone to that much effort, but after our big trip in February we’re having Easter at home for a change. In Germany, people like to decorate the trees and bushes […] Read more…

Preparing for Epiphany

On the 10th Day of Christmas…As people are boldly declaring “Christmas is over for another year”, and Christmas trees start prematurely appearing on street curbs, we are still very much embracing the Christmas season which – as in the famous song – of course lasts for twelve days. We’ve had a week filled with cookies […] Read more…

How we celebrate Christmas – twice

As a Scottish-German family, the question I probably get asked the most is whether we bring up our kids bilingually and, if so, how? I’ve actually written about it before, so you can read my answer to that question in my previous post. The second most asked question, is probably how do we celebrate Christmas? […] Read more…

Schwebebahn Lantern Tutorial

We have the annual ‘St Martin’ festival coming up in Germany this week, one of the main elements of which is lantern processions around town. In the past, the kids have always made lanterns at nursery, but this year neither the nursery nor the school seem to be celebrating so we decided to make our […] Read more…

Endlich Schulkind!

Apologies for the silence on the blog this past week, but we have been gearing up for the big day – Einschulung! If you missed my previous post, this is what the school enrolment is called here in Germany, and it’s celebrated big style with a ceremony at school followed by a party with friends […] Read more…

What to pack in a ‘Schultüte’

So, now that you have heard all about German traditions for starting school, and learned how to make your very own ‘Schultüte’, I wanted to share what’s going in my son’s Schultüte to give you some inspiration. Just to recap, a Schultüte is a large cardboard cone filled with sweets, school supplies and other small […] Read more…

How to make a German ‘Schultüte’

As mentioned in my previous post, children in German receive a ‘Schultüte’ – or ‘school cone’ – when they start school, filled with sweets, school supplies and small gifts. You can buy them ready made in shops or order them online, a few months in advance of the first day of school, or you can […] Read more…

Einschulung: Starting School in Germany

As I’ve mentioned here before, we have a big and exciting milestone coming up for our older boy. In just a few weeks, he finally starts school! It’s been a long wait for him. Many of his old friends back in Scotland started school last year, since the school system there is different and kids […] Read more…

Barbara Zweige

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 and perhaps a few poinsettias to add a spot of colour. Spring and the thought of fresh buds and blossoms seems a long time off. That’s why St […] Read more…

Ready for St Nicholas

5 December 2013 Tomorrow is St Nicholas Day, another one of the saints celebrated here in Germany.  There are many legends surrounding St Nicholas, who lived in the 3rd to 4th century AD and was Bishop of Myra in what is now Turkey. One story has it that a father who had three daughters wanted […] Read more…

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