The fair city of Rostock can feel unfair

Expressing my misery in a blog entry ain’t fair? – I don’t care. No other city in Germany – or maybe the whole world – has such a density of fairs as Rostock. Let me summarize our fair tradition: As soon the Easter fair is taken down we build up the Walpurgis Night/Dance-into-the-Mai fair, as […]

Christmas in Germany – at home in Rostock

In Great Britain, the 24th of December means actually nothing. In all German cities and families, it is probably the most exciting day of the year. Great smells, bright children´s eyesand a lot of food make the day and the whole Christmas time so special. Personally, I enjoy the whole day. Starting by waking up […]

A critical Christmas-blog

Christmas “traditions” in Germany – a critical blog on Christmas in Germany Every year the same procedure: walking through the streets on December 24th you can see hundreds – sometimes even thousands — of people – 85 % of them are male — erring from shop to shop in order to find only one simple […]

Merry X-mas

Christmas is a really special time of the year. A lot of people around the earth celebrate it, so do Germans. Around Christmas the whole family comes together and spends some quality time with family and good friends. My family meets in the morning of the 24th of December, in the morning we have breakfast, […]

A typical German Christmas

  Christmas in Germany starts on the 24th of December and ends on the 26th of December. Christmas means for me a great family meeting. In the morning of the 24th my mother puts up the Christmas tree in the living room and decorates it. Sometimes she does it 1 or 2 days before Christmas […]

A Today’s Christmas Story

When I think of Christmas, I think about family gatherings and nativity plays, Christmas roast and cookies, candles and carols, decorated Christmas trees and presents underneath it. But actually, when I talk about Christmas, I mean Christmas Eve. Christmas is one of the most celebrated holidays – if not THE most celebrated one. The stores […]

Christory on December 24th

When it comes to Christmas in our family, it is always a little trip back into history. Not because we have an old dusty plastic tree, sing the same songs (even though that can be nice), or hand over the same little gifts year by year, but that our great-grand-mother influenced our very personal Christmas […]

Christmas for me…

An important remark that you need to know about me is that I am an atheist. This does not change the fact that I adore the time around the 24th to 26th of December. It is not for the Christian element nor for what Pop-Culture and a consume orientated market have made of it. It […]

Cookies, Candles and Chipmunks

My personal German Christmas Experience   As my personal attitude towards Christmas has changed over the years, I enjoy this most tranquil time of the year best with lots of delicious food and beverages within the family circle.   Since I´m not the biggest fan of Christmas, I often struggle to get in the right […]

Typical Christmas!

  Germans all over the country celebrate their Christmas days in a very similar way. That is at least what I noticed (tiny differences allowed). “Heiligabend”, as the 24th of December is called, is considered as the first day of the festive. During the day people generally do things like decorating the Christmas tree, preparing […]

It´s Christmas Time

 Christmas market, advent wreath, advent calendar, candlelights, christmas tree – all these things belong to a german christmas.   After the protestant church holiday on the last sunday of the church year, which is to commemorate the dead, nearly everybody in germany starts to decorate for christmas. A lot of people have also a self […]

Make a Wish – and Send it to Santa

Only a few kilometers away from the south of Mecklenburg, in a village fittingly called Himmelpfort (the name can be translated to something like ‘Pearly Gates’), the Santa’s post office opened some weeks ago. Kids from all over the world send their letters to Santa there, who then answers them with the help his Christmas Angels. […]