Easter Display

As it was such a lovely Spring day today, I decided to put up my Easter tree. The Osterstrauch is a German custom.

Traditionally, you would hang blown egg shells which you had painted. Perhaps I’ll have a go at baking some Easter bread – both the German and the Portuguese versions are delicious.

Berlin 2008: Christmas is Coming!

Like so many other ‘old traditions’, most of the traditional British Christmas was invented by the Victorians. Prince Albert brought over many German customs, including the Christmas Tree, which filtered down to the general population from the Royal Court.

One the British haven’t embraced, is the soldier nutcracker (as in the ballet) – I came across this chap chained up outside a Christmas decoration shop.

German decorations are fab – especially the ones that twirl round and round, powered by the updraft from candles. Sadly…budget airline ticket = carry on bag = no room to buy any = :-(.