Author: Chelsea Bissell

How to ring in the new year German-style

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — In the U.S., we have relatively few national New Year’s Eve traditions. Many watch the ball drop in Times Square from the warmth of their home; some kiss at midnight; others sip champagne and party until daybreak.   But, in Germany, citizens enjoy an array of fairly…

December 19th, 2018 Things You Didn't Know

Things you didn’t know: April Fools’ Day in Bavaria

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — If stereotypes were true, Germans wouldn’t have a sense of humor. Fortunately, those of us living in Bavaria know that’s false.   Case in point: April Fools’ Day, or Aprilscherz in German.   The Germans have a long tradition of joking on a personal and even national…

March 29th, 2016 Things You Didn't Know

Things you didn’t know: German fairy tales charm and enchant

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Americans owe Germany for some of our most beloved fairy tales.   “Snow White,” “Rapunzel,” “Cinderella,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Rumpelstiltskin” and “Sleeping Beauty” all come from Germany’s famed fairy tale scribes, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.   While these are the most renowned tales in the Brothers Grimm…

September 6th, 2015 Things You Didn't Know