Lifestyle

For many families, an overseas posting results in forging bonds with the host nation that are destined to last a lifetime.
Since many of Germany's beloved Christmas markets are being canceled this year, why not bring the Christmas market into your home?
Grab a warm cup of hot cocoa, a reindeer-shaped sugar cookie - or two - and snuggle up in a cozy blanket on the couch. It’s time for some Christmas movie magic!
I don’t think I am alone in reminiscing on Oktoberfests past and anxiously awaiting when we get to attend our favorite German festivals again.
My husband is a shift worker, which means that more often than not, he can be found hard at work on Christmas day itself. But that doesn’t stop us from celebrating the festive season. We’ve adapted to his schedule by inviting our friends to come by any time before or after December 25.
Arriving in a foreign country, one faces many challenges, and navigating an unfamiliar healthcare system may seem like an under¬taking best left avoided.
The classic French dish known as Coq au Vin is a chicken braised in wine and garlic, typically accompanied by mushrooms, onions and cubes of bacon. The wine most often used to create this rich and hearty dish is a red Burgundy wine.
When the eagerly-awaited Christmas market season in Germany is upon us, I try to attend as many of them as possible.
After getting completely sucked in watching the Great British Baking Show, these blondies were born. This favorite recipe is inspired from one of the show’s cookbooks and when we needed to make a substitution after missing a key ingredient, these became our own.
When my kids were younger, they had a penchant for exhibiting some of their less than desirable behaviors right before Christmas. I would pick up a phone, hold a conversation with Santa and explain why he didn’t need to stop at our house. Apologies from my kids inevitably followed.
O Tannenbaum! When evergreen branches sing out for seasonal decor, Germany’s got them covered. For centuries, the country’s craftsmen have cleverly managed to turn even the simplest of materials into objects that spin, sparkle and delight on and around the Christmas tree.
From pumpkin spice everything to apple pie, fall is one of the greatest times to indulge in some serious seasonal food. With temperatures cooling down, utilize the oven or turn on the stove top and consider creating some of these crowd favorites.
Dinner Ideas
While calling Germany home, you’re apt to hear the term Advent used more often than you would stateside.
Are you the type of person who appreciates a unique gift from a flea market or a second-hand shop? If you can see the beauty in a pre-loved item with a backstory you can only dream of knowing, chances are your friends are the type of people who feel the same way.
Anxiety is something that I’ve struggled with for as long as I can remember. For anyone who battles with anxiety, unfortunately, you know the feeling of drowning in self-doubt, constant worry, and panic attacks.