Christmas Time or “Weihnachtszeit” as we call it in Germany, has always been my favorite time of the year. In Germany we made Christmas special for weeks prior to the big day. It is very hard to find traditional German Christmas goodies in the US but thanks to Cost Plus World Market who sponsored this post, I will be able to share with you how easy it can be to bring a little German Christmas into your home.
In Germany we kick off the pre-Christmas celebration which we call “Advent” Season by burning one candle every Sunday, starting with the 4th Sunday before Christmas. That is a tradition that I love to do with my family each and every year on Sunday during our Family Breakfast.
Another tradition is St. Nikolaus day, we celebrate that on December 6th when St. Nikolaus walks from house to house and brings goodies like this Sugar Glazed Lebkuchen or these Chocolate Cone bags with Chocolate a Nikolaus. All you have to do is have the kids clean their shoes really really good and put them by the front door the night before and St. Nikolaus (aka Mama) will fill the shoes with goodies. My kids love this tradition and the one time a year my kids love to clean their boots.
Advent Calendar is another very fun tradition that my kids love. We either buy an Advent Calendar online or make our own every year. We pick up goodies and fill the calendar for each child. It will shorten the way for Christmas and is a tradition I love to share with the kids every year and for years to come.
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Llamas and a Little Boy star in “The Performance” – A holiday short film from Cost Plus World Market. A new holiday commercial from Cost Plus World Market! See the story of a little boy with his trumpet who finds the inspiration he needs for a Christmas music performance by gathering the support of friendly llamas.
Here are a few Gifts that I will grab at my local Cost Plus World Market in Winter Garden, Florida to spread some German Holiday Cheer with my Family and Friends to bring some Christmas Joy to the ones I love:
My Mother in Law would love these Chubby Nutcrackers
My husband fell in love with the wood work in Germany, these Wood LED Lanterns would be perfect for him.
My kids love the German Chocolate so this Milka Advent Calendar would be a perfect way to countdown to Christmas.
My Co-Workers keep talking about the German Cookie Tins, they would love the Assorted Butter Cookie Tin from Cost Plus World Market for sure.
My Neighbors will all get a little package of Chocolate Tree Decoration, using Chocolate to decorate your tree in Germany is a big thing!
To treat myself, I will pick up a package or two of the assorted Mini Chocolate And Marzipan Bars. I love marzipan and chocolate and this is so hard to find, this is my personal treat during the busy holiday season.
What will you get for your Family and Friends to spread some Joy?
Would love to hear all about it, leave me a comment below and let’s chat.