German Christmas Traditions

  Did you know that many of the Christmas customs and holiday traditions that we embrace today originated in Germany and Austria? From Santa Claus and Saint Nicholas to Christmas trees and Christmas wreaths, many of the beloved traditions of Christmas date back to historical customs from Europe. Following are some celebratory holiday customs that have a German background. Advent Calendars An advent calendar counts down the four weeks (day by day) leading up to Christmas. These cardboard calendars feature a calendar door that is opened each day, often ...

German Thanksgiving

\ The offering of thanks at harvest time is not unique to Americans. Long before the first Europeans arrived in North America, farmers across Europe held celebrations at harvest time. These celebrations were to give thanks for their good fortune and the abundant harvest of the year. Farm workers and their families would fill a goat’s horn (or cornucopia) with food and grains. The cornucopia or “horn of plenty” tradition was brought to North America by German settlers. Today the cornucopia is still a symbol of Thanksgiving all over North America. In Germany today, ...

How Beer Can Benefit Your Health!

  Most people really don’t need an excuse to enjoy their favorite beer. Beer is just as much a part of American culture as it is in Germany and many other European nations. And while it complements a great meal, is a mainstay at many sporting events and is easily enjoyed on it its own (for no reason at all), it turns out that beer can also be good for your health! As we often think of beer as an indulgence - the benefits of beer may go far beyond helping you wind down after a stressful week. According to NBC News.com, “Beer could safeguard your heart, ...

Is Halloween Celebrated in Germany?

Is Halloween Celebrated in Germany? While Halloween has no roots in the German culture, over the years the country has embraced this spooky and exciting holiday and added their own spin to it. While it may not be a traditional German celebration, it is common to see pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns on door steps throughout Germany and Austria by mid-October. In at least five of the sixteen German states, the day after Halloween is a public holiday. November 1st is All Saints Day, known as Allerheiligen in Germany and many schools and businesses are closed. This ...

The History of Oktoberfest

  More than just a great excuse to drink some delicious German beer; listen to German music and dine on some classic German food – the Oktoberfest is a German tradition with a long and rich history. Traditionally beginning in the middle of September and running through the first week of October, Oktoberfest is a German festival that celebrates food, drink and fun! Oktoberfest originated in Munich Germany on October 12, 1810 in celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich were ...

Awesome Autumn Brews

The month of September can be a melancholy time for many people. It’s not easy to say goodbye to the careless, warm days of summer, fun summer activities and daylight that lasts until well into the evening. And to add to that feeling of anguish - for children and many adults alike – September means going back to school! Once you accept the inevitable however, there are many things to embrace about September and the upcoming autumn months! With September come cool and crisp days, colorful leaves, pumpkins, apples and campfires to roast marshmallows. Break out your ...

Enjoy the Summer on Long Island!

There are so many great things about the summer here on Long Island. To start we have beautiful warm weather from June through September. Surrounded by water, there’s the stunning Atlantic Ocean on the south shore and the cool Long Island sound on the north shore. Long Island also has many charming local villages that feature eclectic “main streets” that offer so many shopping, dining and strolling options. From end to end, Long Island is a great place to enjoy the summer months, whether it’s on the beach, in your backyard or at your favorite local restaurant ...

German Beers to Enjoy in the Summer

The summer months offer so many options for beer drinkers. Sure, there’s always swimming, boating and going to the beach, but in the summer there are also some terrific seasonal beers to enjoy. Often these beers are only released for a limited time, so if you want to enjoy something new and maybe a little lighter and more refreshing in the warm summer months – try a summery German beer! Now the words, “summery German beer” may sound like an oxymoron because often when people think of German beer, they think of heavier, darker brews and lagers. And while ...

Fun German Food Facts

German food is rich in tradition, taste and history. While many of us enjoy an occasional savory dish of sauerbraten, a grilled bratwurst or heavenly piece of apple strudel, how much do we really know about German food and its traditions? We have compiled a list of some fun and interesting facts about German food and food related customs and traditions from the past to the present. Pork is the most consumed meat in Germany. "Kaffee" is similar to the British tea time. This is a break taken by German folks sometime between lunch and dinner, to enjoy a cup of ...

Top German Foods

German food is rich, hearty and extremely delicious! Many people consider German inspired dishes as the ultimate comfort food. While many different regions of Germany have their own regional versions of some classic German recipes, here is a list (in no particular order) of some of our favorite classic German dishes. Sauerbraten This is one of the most well-known and much loved German dishes! Sauerbraten which means “sour or pickled roast” is a pot roast that is often regarded as one of the country’s national dishes. It can be made prepared with many ...