Posts Tagged ‘german traditions’

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…

How to make a shark themed ‘Schultüte’

The countdown is on – there’s less than ten days to go until the new school term and year starts, and one of the final tasks I still had to do was make a ‘Schultüte’ for my little school starter. A ‘Schultüte’ is a large cardboard cone filled with treats, that all German children receive […] Read more…

‘Back to School’ Bunting

We’re half way through our summer holidays already here in Edinburgh and starting to think about the new term head. As mentioned before, my youngest will be starting Primary 1, something that is celebrated big style in German tradition. Three years ago, when my eldest started school, I made some pencil bunting for our celebrations […] Read more…

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…

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