When I get homesick for Germany (we lived there for three years) there are three places to soak up some echte Deutsche Weihnachten kitsch: Peddler’s Village has a German store (as pictured) year round. Plus I just learned from a Washington Post article, reprinted in the Times of Trenton, that Philadelphia and Baltimore host a Christkindle Mart every year. Gluhwein…. but more about that later.
Christmas in Germany: On Friday, December 6 (it is St. Nikolaus Day) the Princeton German Teacher’s association and infi cafe’ offer an Adventssingen (Christmas caroling) session, with carols in French and Spanish as well as English and German.
If you’d like to recreate some old-world Christmas spirit, RSVP. Come at 6 p.m. and bring a plate of German Platzhen (any kind of cookies, nuts, or clementines) and a bottle of red wine to make Gluhwein (German mulled wine). Bratwurst and Brezeln will be available for purchase, and other drinks besides. But please RSVP to PrincetonGermanTeacher@gmail.com (609-356-2438).
Two years ago my husband and I returned to Nurnberg, where we had lived in the ’60s, and connected with our friends, Elise and Wilhelm. They took us to a village church, St. Johanis, for a carol service (pictured above). It warms my heart to think of it.