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Easter Customs

Written by Michaela Harrington

From Easter eggs (Ostereier) to the Easter Bunny (der Osterhase), the U.S and the German-speaking world share many Easter traditions. Though one of the most important holidays in the Christian calendar, Easter takes many of its traditions from European pagan religions.

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St. Nikolaustag

 Today, December 6th, is Der Nikolaustag (St. Nicholas Day) and this means that all throughout German-speaking countries children woke up this morning to goodies from St. Nicholas left in their boots or stockings!

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Krampus Nacht

In the US we have the tradition that if children behave, Santa will bring them toys. If they don’t behave, Santa will bring them coal. In Germany there is a similar tradition but instead of having one person,

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