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.
Growing up, one of our family’s favorite Christmas traditions was a White Elephant gift exchange. Each participant was asked to bring a wrapped gift, my aunt would pile them up under the Christmas tree and after dinner – the games would begin.
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!
After much waiting and anticipation, Christmas markets are cautiously returning to German city squares and towns this season. While they may not look exactly like they used to, cities have worked hard to make these events safe for everyone.