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The Art of the Easter Egg–Part II

WHAT IT IS My Easter egg collection varies in “wow” appeal and in sentiment.  As I happily displayed in my previous Art of the Easter Egg post, I have several pretty little eggs that were decorated by skilled artists.  For instance, the shell on this one was cut out by a tiny drill and painted with thickly layered flowers. I also have a sort of multi-media …

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THE ART OF THE EASTER EGG

WHAT IT IS My most prized collection from Germany is my collection of Easter eggs.  These Ostereier are genuine eggs that have been blown clean and decorated exquisitely in a variety of ways.  They appear each spring in shops and markets across Germany and Austria, among other countries–I visited one shop in Salzburg that was …

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Feuerzangenbowle

As kids, we gathered round the campfire.  As adults, we can gather round the Feuerzangenbowle! WHAT IT IS Feuerzangenbowle translates as “fire-tongs punch” or even more descriptively as “flaming fire-tongs punch” (feuer means fire, zangen means tongs, and bowle means punch).  It is essentially a dramatic and entertaining way to make a type of Glühwein.  A …

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Glühwein Four Ways

The Christmas markets of Gemany are magical—renowned in their scope and enticing in their variety.  I have come to believe, however, that their secret ingredient is Glühwein.  There is nothing that warms the outdoor shoppers more effectively and festively than this hot mulled wine.  As a bonus, each market serves its wine in charming mugs …

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St. Nicholas Day

Yes, Virginia, there was a Saint Nicholas.  Many of you are aware that the popular figure of Santa Claus is based on a real person:  he was Nicholas, bishop of Myra, and he lived during the fourth century in what is now Turkey.  He is the patron saint of cities across Europe and Russia, and …

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