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Santa Arrived Early This Year, But… Did He Get The Countries Mixed Up?

Santa Claus seems to have decided to start delivering Christmas gifts early this year.

At least that’s how Santa Claus, Inc. and Youth Enrichment Services (YES!) must have felt when they received a truckload of about 2000 (!) Scrabble games and 1000 Dice Games from their largest national donor Mattel.

Not only was this an overwhelmingly large amount of Scrabble and Dice games but they turned out to be all in GERMAN! Did Santa get the countries mixed up?

Unsure about what exactly caused this unexpected gift to their non-profit, Santa Claus, Inc. in San Bernardino decided to let Christmas gifting start early for German Schools all around Los Angeles and beyond.

Tirelessly Santa Claus, Inc. has been contacting several German schools since then, hoping to donate some of the games and to make some young German language learners happy.

To their surprise playing Santa has not been all that easy!  Gifting German Scrabble games has turned into a much more challenging undertaking.

Only a few of  Southern California German schools followed the calling. The German American School Association (GASA) had the right idea and chartered a small van to pick up a truckload of games at the charity and so did German Pacific School of San Diego (GPSSD). However, about 1000 games still remain begging to get picked up.

To all German schools out thereScrabble is a perfect game to help your students improve and learn German the fun and engaging way. It helps practice vocabulary and encourages conversation on top of it.

So what are you waiting for? Contact Santa Claus Inc. and get your German Scrabble games today!

Contact: karen.dicarlo@santaclausinc.com


Introducing Santa Claus, Inc. and Youth Enrichment Services (YES!) 

Santa Claus, Inc. provides critical assistance to children in the Inland Empire by supporting and strengthening the family unit through its community based programs. Through its 65 year existence Santa Claus, Inc. has dedicated its mission to over 1,000,000 children in need throughout local communities. Santa Claus, Inc. operates with a core group of approximately 300 volunteers, a staff of two fulltime and two part time employees, and through the generosity of local and national businesses and community partners. In 2016 Santa Claus, Inc. served over 100,000 children, over 500% more than in 2012. Mattel is one of Santa Claus, Inc.’s largest national donors.


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Frohe Weihnachten – Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas –

Wir wünschen ein Frohes Fest !

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HEILIGABEND

(A Poem by Dieter Kermas)

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Nun war der Heiligabend da,

und ich fragte meine Omama,

was sie bekam als kleines Kind,

und sie sagte darauf geschwind,

dass eine Puppenstube war ihr Traum,

und die stand unterm Weihnachtsbaum.

Ihr Bruder sah dann voller Stolz,

eine Ritterburg für sich aus Holz.

Wie haben sie sich da gefreut,

doch ganz anders ist es heut.

Nur neuste Technik wollen die Knaben,

und auch schon die Mädchen haben.

Schicke Handys, Spielkonsolen,

muss der Weihnachtsmann nun holen.

Computer sind auch heiß gefragt,

hat der Weihnachtsmann gesagt.

Manche von den Techniksachen,

findet Oma recht zum Lachen.

Wenn ein Stoffhund nur dann bellt,

wenn er eine Batterie erhält.

Der Kinder Freude hält nicht lange,

da wird der Oma jetzt schon bange.

Bald sind die Batterien leer,

dann ist es auch kein Spielzeug mehr.

Sie waren kurz nur drauf versessen

Schon liegt es rum und ist vergessen.

Viel länger hielten Puppenstuben

und auch die Burgen für die Buben.

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© Dieter Kermas

Photo: © CaliforniaGermans

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Dieter KermasDieter 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.

To get in touch with Dieter Kermas, please send an email with subject line “Dieter Kermas” to: californiagermans@gmail.com
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German Christmas Carol Service – Deutscher Weihnachstgottesdienst in Kalifornien

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Für alle, die gerne an einem Deutschem Gottesdienst für die Weihnachts – Festtage teilnehmen möchten, haben wir hier ein kleine Liste zusammengestellt:

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in La Mesa

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in La Mesa bietet wieder einen deutschsprachigen Weihnachtsgottesdienst an, der am 20. Dezember 2015 um 19.00 Uhr stattfinden wird.

Alle Familien, Freunde, Gemeinde- und Vereinsmitglieder, Studenten/innen, und Schüler/innen, sind herzlich eingeladen. Die Gottesdienstordnung besteht hauptsächlich aus Lesungen und Liedern, die die Weihnachtsgeschichte erzählen.  Nach dem Gottesdienst gibt es, wie üblich, kleine Erfrischungen.

Studenten/Studentinnen bzw. Schüler/Schülerinnen haben die Gelegenheit die Teilnahme am dt. Weihnachtsgottesdienst als “extra credit” zu nutzen! Bei Interesse kontaktieren Sie uns bitte unter diesem link .

Einen Fahrplan zur Kirche findet man per diesen Link:  http://www.st-lukes-la-mesa.org/maps.php

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
5150 Wilson Street
La Mesa, California 91942

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Christuskirche in Glendale

Der Heilig Abend Gottesdienst in der First German United Methodist Church – Christuskirche – wird Donnerstag, 24. Dezember um 18:00 Uhr gehalten.

First German United Methodist Church
556 West Glenoaks Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91202

Phone: 818 500 0786

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St. John’s Lutheran (LCMS) in Orange

St Johns Lutheran (LCMS) will offer a Christmas service on Dec. 24th at 3:00pm.
The German Christmas eve service at 3:00 pm. Sermon is in English, but the readings and hymns are in German.
For more information- http://www.stjohnsorange.org/about-us/worship/

 

 

St. John’s Lutheran,
Orange 185 S. Center St,
Orange CA 92866

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St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco

St. Matthew’s Lutheran bietet sowohl einen Gottesdienst am 24. Dezember als auch am 25. Dezember, dem 1. Weihnachtstag in Deutschland.

DECEMBER 24, Thursday – Heiligabend / Christmas Eve at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church

Time: German Candlelight Service at 4:00 p.m.
Bilingual Candlelight Service at 6:00 p.m.
Mathews Steeple
Location: 3281 – 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
For free parking, enter the gate directly west of the Church on Dolores Street.
Contact: Office 415-863-6371
e-mail: office@stmatthews-sf.org
Website: http://www.stmatthews-sf.org
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St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church San Francisco
DECEMBER 25, Friday – Christmas Day / 1. Weihnachtstag – St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church
Freundschaft Liederkranz Men’s Chorus sings.

Time: Bilingual service at 11:00 a.m. Matthews Steeple
Location: 3281 – 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
For free parking, enter the gate directly west of the Church on Dolores Street.
Contact: Office 415-863-6371
e-mail: office@stmatthews-sf.org
Website: http://www.stmatthews-sf.org

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Christ the Good Shepard Lutheran Church in San Jose

Deutschsprachiger Weihnachtsgottesdienst am Heilig Abend in San Jose in der Christ the Good Shepard Lutheran Church. Der Gottesdienst started um 14 Uhr mit anschliessenden Plätzchen und Kuchen.

Weitere Informationen dazu gibt es hier: http://wp.cgslc.org/

Christ the Good Shepard Lutheran Church
1550 Meridian Ave
San Jose, CA 95125
Phone: 1-408-266-8022

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First Lutheran Church in Concord

Pastor Maschke let’s the German community know that “… My church, First Lutheran Church in Concord, California, has a 7 p.m. service on Christmas Eve, Dec 24th,  where we close the service by singing Silent Night (Stille Nacht) in German. We have a number of members of our congregation who come from Germany, so I practice the little German I know in talking to them on Sundays.”

First Lutheran Church,
4000 Concord Blvd.
Concord, CA 94519

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Image: Adoration by the shepherds, by Agnolo Bronzino (1503 – 1572) a Florentine painter .

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Weihnachstfeiern für Gross & Klein in California – German Christmas Celebrations for Young & Old

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Should you long for some German Christmas spirit in California, here are some suggestions for some merry festivities where you can celebrate the German way, singing German Christmas carols, munching on ‘Lebkuchen’ while enjoying some ‘Glühwein’.

Souther California

Ute’s Kinderschule, Irvine, and GermanSchoolCampus in Newport Beach are inviting to a traditional German Christmas Party with a performance of both schools’ students. Santa will surprise the children as a special guest. If you would like to attend the festivity, please confirm by email! Please RSVP Ursula.Schoeneich@GermanSchoolcampus.com

When: Saturday DECEMBER 12th, from 4:00 pm to 6:00pm

Location: GERMAN SCHOOL campus
1931 West Coast Hwy, 92663 Newport Beach                                                                www.GermanSchoolCampus.com

Northern California

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Only for one day:  “German Holiday Market “Weihnachtsmarkt” in Downtown Mountain View!
Join the family fun at the Mountain View’s Civic Center Plaza, which will transform into a bustling holiday market, where various vendors will be offering traditional foods, holiday accessories, arts and crafts, decorations, and much more.

When: Saturday DECEMBER 12th, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00p.m.

Location: Civic Center Plaza
500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94043
Contact: GISSV Office 650-254-0748
e-mail: office@gissv.org
Website: http://www.gissv.org/GermanHolidayMarket
Host: German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV)

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 “Festliche Weihnacht” beim OTV in Oakland
A traditional German Christmas concert with soloists, musicians, and sing-along, under the direction of Joy Soto. Good dinner and other refreshments available. Glühwein! After the concert, dancing to Bill Bly’s Combo

When: Saturday DECEMBER 19 . Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Concert at 6:00 p.m

Location: Bjornson Hall
2258 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94602

Contact: Inge Junginger 510-836-7357
http://www.ugas-eb.org
Host: Oakland Turnverein Gemischter Chor

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Image: ©CaliforniaGermans

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Happy Holidays – Merry Christmas – Frohe Weihnachten

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2014 Christmas Wishes