Prune Men, Prune People because Zwetschgenmännle, Dried Plum Boys, were joined by Zwetschgenweibla, Dried Plum Girls, long ago, are traditional German handcrafts. Good Luck symbols given to celebrate everything from Birthdays and Wedding to New Year, here is the story and easy DIY "How To" guide.
Europe lay in rubble, and the winter of 1946/1947 was the coldest in living memory. Known in Germany as the time of "Weisser Tod", white death, and "Schwarzer Hunger", black hunger, hundreds of thousands died. Weihnachten was different that year, New Year and Spring held no promises.
January 5 - Twelfth Night, and next day "Dreikönigstag" - Three Kings Day, Epiphany, are the final hours of the Advent and Weihnachten season. The ending of the Christmas celebrations in German speaking countries are a mixture of Tradition, Charity, Religion and Folklore.
Old, new, based on customs from the pagan past, all German's New Year's Traditions are designed to ensure the coming year will have the best chances possible of being a vintage one. Known as "Silvester", here is how the New Year is celebrated in Germany.
Germany’s Feuerzangenbowle, Flaming Fire Tongs Punch, with red wine, rum and sugar flambé, is a popular, even spectacular, drink enjoyed throughout the winter and holiday season. Especially the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
There would be no Santa Claus if there hadn't been a St. Nicholas, as his reputation as secret benefactor, and giver of gifts, was the inspiration for Sinterklaas. Santa Claus. Nicholas Eve on December 5 and December 6 Nicholas Day make "Nikolaus" a magical time in many regions of Europe.
December 1...time to open the Advent Calendar and discover the first of its twenty-four surprises. One of Germany's much loved Weihnachtszeit holiday traditions for generations, an Adventskalender begins the countdown to Heiligabend, Christmas Eve.
They don't decorate doors in Germany but sit on flat surfaces, or hang from a height...their four candles surrounded by evergreen foliage. One candle for each of Advent's four weeks. "Die Adventskränze", Advent Wreath, one of many traditions that are a part of Christmas in Germany.
Is a Weckmann the same as a Stutenkerl or Nikolaus? Yes the same "Bread Man" but a different name, and in German speaking countries no November St. Martin's Day, or December St. Nicholas, is complete without the traditional sweet yeast dough holiday specialty. Here is its story and a recipe.