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Greetings from the North Pole! Stars and Stripes Europe is helping children get their letters to Santa. If you’re stationed in Europe, drop your child’s letter addressed to “Santa Claus, c/o Stars and Stripes, North Pole” into any U.S.
What better way to put a smile on our deployed servicemembers' faces than by writing them a letter? With our Pen Pal Program, your kiddos can do just that.
Few contest that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ (in the nonsecular sense of the season). However, the accompanying holiday traditions aren’t always as clear-cut.
In the heart of Mosel River wine country, the Bernkastel-Kues market not only offers festive stalls with regional wines, handcrafted goods and seasonal treats but also has a distinctive charm.
As December rushes in and American families put up their Christmas trees, they may find themselves humming the first few lines from Clement C. Moore’s famous poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas”:
Of all the building blocks that come together to create the perfect backdrop to a Christmas market, a busy skating rink filled with brightly dressed and smiling people taking their turns on the ice is hard to beat. Of course, it’s great fun to lace up those skates and join them.
Millions of tourists flock to Europe every winter for Christmas markets. While stationed here, you may need only to walk to your village’s old town or hop on the train for some hot, spiced wine, street food and booths brimming with glass ornaments, nutcrackers and sweet treats.
Thanksgiving is a time to remember what we are thankful for—family, friends, a home, a steady job, our health, our freedom. It is also a chance to give back to those who selflessly serve the United States and their families. Many organizations are doing just that, and they need your help!
Wafting scents of Vanilla Bean, Winter Candy Apple and Mahogany Teakwood filled the air this morning as happy shoppers rushed through the newly-opened doors of Bath & Body Works on Ramstein Air Base.
For all the joy they bring, a visit to a Christmas market can come with a certain amount of hassle. The stress of having to drive in an unfamiliar city and squeeze an oversize vehicle into a space more fit for a Mini can quickly turn a grin into a grimace.
Christmas markets are great fun, but at peak times you can end up standing rosy cheek to cheek with complete strangers and waiting for what feels an eternity to get your mitts on a hot mug of Glühwein.
To the great joy and relief of many, most of the Christmas markets that make Germany one of the most festive places to be in the run-up to the holidays have been given the go-ahead by the appropriate health authorities. 
When you look back on your own childhood experiences, what are some of the more pleasant memories that come to mind? Chances are, you remember events that stood out starkly from the everyday routine. A trip to the big city. Grandiose spectacles or sporting events.
Widely celebrated in Germany, St. Martin’s Day (Martinstag) is a Catholic feast day dedicated to St. Martin of Tours. Martin was born in Hungary, in 316 A.D., and as a teenager joined the Roman army, becoming a soldier as his father had.
As 2021 draws to a close, the question that’s been on our minds for months already—“will Christmas markets be held in Germany this year?”—has not one, but several answers: yes, no and sort of.
For a man who never set foot outside his native land, the artist known by just one name left a lasting impact around the world.