German New Year Traditions!

By Darlene Fuchs on Email

Einen guten Rutsch! In many of the German-speaking areas the change of the year is celebrated noisily and merrily. Guests are invited, there is eating, drinking, dancing and singing. Some participate in the popular custom of “Bleigiessen,” in which a  small piece of melted lead is dropped into a bowl …

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Spring Revolutions, Summer Fairy Tales and Papal Visits – That Was 2011

By Magazin-Deutschland.de on Email

Which subjects became topics of conversation during the past 12 months in Germany? It’s time to look back – on 11 events and people that will long be remembered by the people of Germany.

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German Internet Emergency Button for Kids… Is It Necessary?

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

German Family Minister Kristina Schröder has released her plans to implement an “emergency button” on the web for children and young adults. Schröder’s argument is that young people are finding themselves threatened by the content they find on the internet, including cyber-bullying, and there should be a way for kids …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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How to Capture the True Spirit of Christmas

By Darlene Fuchs on Email

While for so many people this holiday season is about rampant commercialism and rushing to keep up with a hectic schedule, we should all jump off the speed train and take time to not only appreciate the true meaning of Christmas, but also to embrace the true spirit of Christmas. …

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Christmas Pickle… Myth or Reality?

By Darlene Fuchs on Email

It never fails. Every December someone asks about the German Christmas pickle ornament that’s supposed to have a long tradition in Germany. It is a quaint tradition that nobody wants to claim. The story says that a very old Christmas Eve tradition in Germany was to hide a pickle ornament …

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Communication Is One of the Most Crucial Parts to Growing Your Organization

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

This post is geared towards the many, but slowly diminishing, German-American clubs here in the states.  But don’t stop reading if you don’t run a club as I’m sure you can get something out of this post as well. Communication seems like an obvious part of working with a team, …

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Der Adventskalender

By Corinna Bienger on Email

Who does not know the children’s question: “How long until Christmas”?  “How many nights until Santa Claus is coming”? Initially, the “Adventskalender” helped count down the days. The origins can be traced back into the 19th century, the first home-made Advent Calendar was probably made in 1851. The first, more …

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All Cracked Up

By Darlene Fuchs on Email

In legend, the Nutcracker possessed miraculous powers, bringing good fortune and protection from evil spirits. The more elaborate their decorations, the stronger their powers. The nutcracker story began with the creation of European nutcrackers in England, Switzerland, France and Germany, in the regions of Sonneberg and Exgebirge near the Bohemaian …

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Erntedankfest – Giving Thanks

By Darlene Fuchs on Email

Fall brings with it the turning of the leaves, the smell of fireplaces warming the crisp air, the excitement of football season, and the annual feast of Thanksgiving Day. Turkeys will be the centerpieces of most dinner tables, and side dishes, such as green bean casseroles, candied yams, and cranberries, …

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From “Guest Workers” to Citizens

By Magazin-Deutschland.de on Email

It all began with a very long train journey from Istanbul to Frankfurt am Main – and a great deal of confidence: when Yilmaz Atalay came to Germany as a young 27-year-old Turkish man in 1961, he was convinced that he could achieve a lot through hard work and determination. …

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With 11 language editions in 180 countries, "Deutschland" magazine is Germany's most international periodical. Deutschland is the magazine for decision-makers outside Germany.