(Ein Winter-Gedicht von Dieter Kermas)
Der Winter ist da,
es schneit, hurra!
Die Schule ist aus,
jetzt aber raus.
Es wird gerangelt und gelacht,
auf zur großen Schneeballschlacht.
Ein Schneeball trifft zuerst den Paul,
dieser wirft drauf gar nicht faul,
den nächsten Ball schon auf Hermine,
doch die verzieht nicht eine Miene
und Hermine ist nicht fein,
reibt den Paul mit Schnee nun ein.
Es geht laut zu, mit Geschrei,
jeder ist mit Spaß dabei.
Bald sind alle durchgefroren,
von den Füßen bis zu den Ohren.
Und die Mädchen und die Buben,
eilen heim in warmen Stuben.
© Dieter Kermas
Dieter Kermas, CaliforniaGermans Guest Author and a true Berliner, turned to writing after he retired from his profession as an engineer. Family and friends urged him to document his many experiences during his childhood in wartime Germany. This made for a collection of various essays which have been published here at CaliforniaGermans. Apart form his childhood memories he is also sharing some of his short stories and poems on CaliforniaGermans. Dieter Kermas, who loves to write, is currently working on his first novel. Some of his work has been included in anthologies.
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This year First Advent falls on to the 1st of December .
So light the first candle on your Advent wreath tomorrow, and don’t forget to open also the first door on your Advent Calendar !
Frohe Adventszeit ! – Happy Advent Season !
Did our previous post showcasing German Christkindel Markets get you in the mood of some real traditional ‘Glühwein’ (mulled red wine)?
Then check out our new recipe for this Christkindel Market tradition, by our guest writer GabrieleUtz . Just imagine walking through the fresh snow with a nice hot cup of ‘Glühwein’ and a handful of warm chestnuts! Those are some delicious winter holiday memories…
Happy Third of Advent!
Authentic German ‘Gluehwein’ or Mulled Wine
2 liter red wine
3/4 l brown rum, 40% - optional
sugar as needed
1-2 orange, organic, blood oranges are good too
1-2 lemons, organic
1 cinnamon stick
1 vanilla bean
5 cloves and 1 star anise
- Heat the wine in a big pot but don’t bring it to a boil; heat it on low temperature.
- Remove seeds from lemons and oranges.
- Cut the orange and lemon with the peel in slices or quarters, add them to the wine with the cloves. Keep it on low temperature and let it simmer.
- Cut vanilla bean open and add the seeds to the wine.
- Add 2/3 of the rum – the rum adds a nice taste to the wine but also makes it stronger, so you can add just a little bit or don’t add it at all.
- Let it simmer until the oranges and lemons are getting very soft- for about 1-1.5 hours; take out a piece of lemon and check if you can take it off the peel. The wine should color it red until to the peel.
- Stir frequently.
- Wash some bottles with hot water.
- Take out the fruit and cloves or pour it through a strainer.
- Press remaining juice out of the fruit and add it to the wine. If you like your can puree the fruit without the peel and add it to the wine aswell, that makes it thicker.
- Heat it again and add remaining rum and sugar – don’t bring it to a boil!
- Fill it hot in bottles and close it right away, or keep it warm for your guests.
The wine can be kept for several months in the bottles if well closed.
MyBestGermanRecipes is the creation of Gabriele Utz. Interested in cooking and baking ever since she can think of she now has turned her passion into reality, and has started an online cookbook with authentic German recipes in 2010. The website offers more than 300 original German recipes.
Christmas Season officially starts on the First Advent in Germany. Since this year that day is actually on December 2nd, children will also have already opened their second door on their Advent Calendars, a beloved holiday tradition that marks down the days to the highly anticipated Christmas Eve (Heiligabend).
The First Advent, when in November, often marks also the first day of the Christmas Markets (Christkindlmarkt) which are then open until December 24, the ‘Heiligabend’. For the next few weeks visitors will enjoy hot and scented Gluehwein, warm roasted chestnuts and all kinds of Lebkuchen (a variety of Gingerbreads ) while listening to festive Advent music and walking along little booths selling a great variety of Christmas decorations, the real attraction for young and old. Beautifully handcrafted wooden manger scenes (Holzkrippen) are usually also on display at bigger Christkindl Markets, and Saint Nikolaus is walking the streets to great little children.
Delicious Christmas Favorites for the Holidays
To ring in the holidays for everyone here in California, and fill your home with the delicious fragrance of freshly baked Christmas cookies, we have invited guest author Gabriele Utz, founder of MyBestGermanRecipe.com, to share some of her favorite German holiday recipes with us.
Gabriele, born and raised in Germany, lives with her family in Los Angeles and has always been interested in cooking and baking. After her move to L.A. she thoroughly missed German food, and thinking that other fellow ex-pats might feel the same, she founded MyBestGermanRecipes.com in 2010. The website has now more then 300 original recipes for German food lovers!
Look out for a new holiday recipe on each Advent Sunday. A special ”Silvester Rezept” will await you for New Year’s eve!
Christmas Markets and Events around California
Some German Christmas events around California are happening tomorrow (December 1st) to welcome the holiday season. Check out our Event Calendar for location and time.
Have a wonderful Holiday Season !
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Tagged advent, Advent Sunday, Christkindl Markets, Christmas, Christmas and holiday season, Christmas market, Gingerbread, Lebkuchen, Saint Nicholas
Reconnect to the magic of Christmas a different way and find peace and tranquility despite the hectic that surrounds this busiest time of the year.
Winter time is a perfect time to spend at the beach. Especially if the weather is as beautiful as it was for the last few Advent weekends. One can spend hours walking on the sand without the summer crowds and just enjoy the waves crashing at the feet and watching the pelicans sail over the ocean. It’s perfect for reconnecting with your mind, soul and the elements.
Some beaches have special attractions for the holiday season like ice skating while watching the sunset over the ocean. Ice skating by the beach has become a tradition at the Del Coronado Hotel in San Diego, the hotel where “Some Like It Hot” was filmed starring Marilyn Monroe.
Del Coronado’s beloved holiday tradition starts every year right after Thanksgiving. The hotel has an ice rink set up right in front of the hotel’s beach promenade, looking over the beautiful wide, white beaches - the sand here by the way seems much softer and whiter than anywhere else in SoCal, so I found. After the ice skating sessions one can relax with hot cocoa and other goodies at the coffee bar or the restaurant right at the promenade. It’s a great and fun time well spent with family and friends!
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Tagged advent, beach, California beaches, Christmas, Christmas at the beach, Hotel Del Coronado, IceSkating, Marilyn Monroe, San Diego, SoCal, Southern California, The Del
With the First Advent today Christmastime has officially started.
Christmas markets in Germany traditionally open their doors on this weekend and it’s the cozy time of chestnuts and Glühwein.
Also here in California homes are being decorated with Christmas lighting and harbor cities are gearing up for the boat light parades. Christmas tree lighting events in malls have already taken place last week before Thanksgiving and winter festivals like the Sawdust Winter Fantasy Festival in Laguna Beach do their best to get you in the holiday spirit. Take a stroll with us through Sawdust Winter Fantasy Festival with our slideshow below.
Happy Holiday Season!
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Tagged advent, California, Christmas, Christmas market, Christmastime, Glühwein, Laguna Beach, Mulled wine, Sawdust Art Festival, Winter Fantasy Laguna Beach, Winterfestivals
Christmas is near. In fact next weekend will be the first Advent! An important date I remember from my childhood, as it meant the most wonderful season of the year was about to start. The dangerously delicious scent of freshly baked cookies filled my and all my friends’ homes. It was the season, where it seemed to be just natural to find some time in the day to sit together with a warm cup of tea or coffee in the hand, chatting and watching the flame of the first candle of the advent wreath magically illuminate the dark filled rooms.
Cookies, Snow and Sankt Nikolaus (Saint Nicolas), Christkindl markets and the cold but sweet smell in the air, ‘heisse Maroni’ (warm chestnuts), Gluehwein (hot spiced red wine), and more are just some of my cherished Christmas memories…
I am still on the search for a perfect advent wreath and have yet to find out more about Christkindl markets here in California. The Christmas Festivals, like the Winter Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach, are probably a close bet. In the meantime get in the mood for Christmas by checking out the regularly updated list of Christmas events. It’s an extra page under ‘Resources’, dedicated to “Christmas 2009″.