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The Christmas Lebkuchen Treasures Inside the Festive Chest 2017

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The Festive Chest is always Lebkuchen Schmidt's largest Chest and it is always packed to the brim with Lebkuchen and pastries. The contents change a little bit from year to year and the beautiful illustration on the Chest is new every year (read about this year's illustration on our Blog).   The Festive Chest 2016 includes 13 types of Lebkuchen and traditional German pastries. Following are a few more details about the types of yummy treats inside the Chest:Lebkuchen of the Year - Every year Lebkuchen Schmidt develops a new recipe for a special Lebkuchen cookie. This being their 90th Anniversary Schmidt...

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5 Tips to Making Your Business’s Christmas Gift Giving More Effective

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Giving Christmas gifts to customers or client or employees this Christmas?Here are 5 tips to making this investment all the more effective.If you are choosing to give some kind of gift during the Christmas Season you are likely making a relatively large investment – in the cost of the gift, in the time it takes to choose and order the gifts and the time and cost of delivering the gifts.Ever wonder if its worth the effort? Read our argument for gift-giving in our Blog “I Gift Therefore I Am – Four Reasons Why it Really is Worth It”.Companies tend to...

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Traditional German Christmas Smokers and Nutcrackers with some Modern Twists

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Nutcrackers are way a more complicated ornament than I ever imagined – a long and interesting history these Nutcrackers have. So I thought the children’s book – The Nutcracker and the Mouse King – would make everything easier. It’s a children’s book after all. But no – the story of the Nutcracker is terribly convoluted and ripe for a Blog article!The story by E.T.A. Hoffmann written in 1816 is a classic German fairy tale – kind of gruesome and more than a little scary (those poor German kids!). But it was the premise upon which Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet was based...

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The Stories behind the German Wooden Folk Art Figures - The Original Striezelkinder

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The Striezel Children – the actual children not the figures – were from Dresden. That beautiful city has a most magnificent Christmas Market each year that is called the “Striezelmarkt”. And history has it that the poor children of Dresden would come to the Striezelmarkt during the Holiday Season to sell their wares to make a bit of money for their families. So they were children (kinder) of the Striezel market – hence Striezelkinder.The word "Striezelmarkt" comes from "Strüzel" or "Stroczel", which was the name of a type of cake sold at the market, now famous as "Stollen" or "Christstollen"....

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German Christmas Markets Right Here in Canada

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I have had the good pleasure of visiting quite a number of German Christmas Markets - or Christkindl-Markts. Some of them in Germany and a couple of them right here in Canada. Given that I'm in the German Christmas business I think it is "imperative" that I see as many of these magical Christmas festivals that I possibly can!Last Christmas I visited the Vancouver Christmas Market and even though I was travelling alone I had such a warm and welcoming time. The year before I visited the Toronto Distillery District Christmas Market and met some new friends. For 2017 the...

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