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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.
Update to the story, published in 2020: Mr. Kor passed away on October 19, 2021, and was buried on what would have been his 96th birthday. We remember Mr. Kor and are grateful for the opportunity to share his story.
Fall is upon us, the days have grown shorter and the sun has set earlier and earlier each evening. That means Daylight Savings Time is coming to an end, this year on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 3 a.m., making it 2 a.m. 
On Saturday, October 30, 2021, the Dead Man's Ridge Walk is organizing the 12th walk to honor the men of the 17th Airborne Division.
As I was researching Burg Frankenstein, I stumbled across a magnificent prank that played out one dark, foggy night in 1952.
For those in the know, the small German city of Idar-Oberstein is a world-famous center for the working and cutting of gemstones.
Even in Germany the spooky season is embraced, and some of its biggest fans are small ones.