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    What German Traditions Does Your Family Still Keep?

    The title of this thread pretty much says it all.Please do not post political ideas as there are plenty of other threads for that.

    I would like to know how many cultural ways you or your family still practice that have been passed down from your German ancestors?

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    Celebrating Christmas, if that counts, lol.
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    American tradition is basically Germanic. Its being negrified in modern times but Easter, Christmas etc. is Germanic. Albeit it comes via Christianized Germanicism.

    As I've sought to rebuild a more native Germanic tradition for myself (Asatru) I see that for the most part it isn't much different from traditional American/European ways. The holidays and basic structure is almost the same. Only the ideology is a bit changed. Like Easter rabbits and eggs have no relation to Jesus but relate to the pagan tradition.

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    well, eostre is a german goddess of fertility so we keep easter at the spring equinox we keep the jul holiday as the winter solstice. we keep the summer solstice and the fall equinox. in fact we "tied the knot" handfasted at the fall equinox. dana pallessen
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    I don't know why, but I'm under the impression the thread started was specifically interested in German traditions, passed down from ancestors from Germany, not Germanic as a whole which also includes English, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch and so forth.

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    Christmas trees are very German, and I'm pretty sure almost all of us are continuing that tradition:

    "Regarding the Christmas tree itself, Chambers assumes that it "seems to be a very ancient custom in Germany, and is probably a remnant of the splendid and fanciful pageants of the Middle Ages."


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    Quote Originally Posted by Blod og Jord View Post
    I don't know why, but I'm under the impression the thread started was specifically interested in German traditions, passed down from ancestors from Germany, not Germanic as a whole which also includes English, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch and so forth.
    Yes, That is what I meant. The reason I started this thread I am very curios what traditions are kept alive in different parts of the US. The US is very large and different areas were settled at different times from different places in Germany. I was hoping some German members would post to compare from their regions as well.

    An example: When I was young my mother had us shine our shoes and would place them in a line around Christmas time. When we woke up the next mourning there would be treats in them(candy).

    Also the town I am from had a May fest with folk music and dancing. This was not like a October fest, but more of a family thing.

    Where I live now there is a whole county that was settled by Germans. They have a Strasser fest, a Christmas market and still eat a lot of German food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Baughman View Post
    When I was young my mother had us shine our shoes and would place them in a line around Christmas time. When we woke up the next mourning there would be treats in them(candy).
    Yeah, my mum did the same!
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    It's all in the food

    My grandmother (the last in her family to speak German) cooks mostly German meals. You name it - she cooks it.

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    We eat a lot of sausage, saurkraut, red meat, etc. I think our diet is very-German, we eat tons of red meat and LOTS of pork and Dairy, like plenty of milk products.

    Does anyone know the origin of the word Soup?

    In my family, when we are done with dinner, somebody says "Soup!!" and we all rush to table to eat.

    We also say Gazuntite, when somebody sneezes, anyone know the origin of this?

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