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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.
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. 
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 a man who never set foot outside his native land, the artist known by just one name left a lasting impact around the world.
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.
Founded in 16 BC by the Roman Empire during Augustus Caesar's rule, Trier is arguably Germany's oldest city and one of significant architectural and historical importance.
As we give thanks for our many blessings collectively and as a nation, the image of a table heaving with turkey and all the trimmings and a gathering of friends and family comes to mind.
Of Germany’s many gifts to the world of toys, Playmobil figures stand much taller than their three-inch standard size might suggest.
They’ll be playing with fire across England this weekend, but not to worry—it’s all in good fun, and in memory of an event that took place more than four centuries ago.