Christmas around the world. Everyone has a unique tradition they follow, and part of the magic of Christmas is hearing just what traditions different families and cultures do to get into the Christmas spirit.
Where did the myth of Santa Claus come from? I was going through my Facebook this morning when I found a wonderful question, asked by an international mom to the toddler group of the area. She wanted to know if Santa Claus and Saint Nicholas were two different people? Where did father Christmas originate from? and What [...]
European Christmas markets Christmas markets have been around since the beginning of time... ok maybe not quite but they have been around for a very long time. Everyone knows about them, everyone wants to visit them, but what do you need to know to be truly prepared for what you are about to experience? This is not your [...]
Unwrap a different book each day With Christmas coming and the advent just around the corner, parents are running to the stores to find chocolate filled advent calendars to stuff their children with each morning. Over the past few years, I have witnessed a growing trend away from chocolate and towards something unique and tailored to each child. [...]
Seeing one is not seeing them all When I heard that Germany had some of the greatest Christmas Markets in the world, I never imagined they would be like this. Each Alstadt, or Old Town, is completely decorated for the Christmas holiday, with a few amusement park rides thrown in. So far, we have [...]