Culture, Sewing, Uncategorized

Sewickley Stammtisch

Hallo! We have been blessed with a delightfully busy summer this year, as the length between my posts demonstrates. This July my father and sister both celebrated their milestone birthdays with a huge party. Many family members and friends joined us for the BBQ themed bash – even some of our German relatives came! It was so wonderful to see family again, and meine Tante brought me Dirndl hardware that is impossible to find in the US, for which I am eternally grateful!!!
Another exciting development was the start of a local Deutsch Stammtisch group, prompted by a shared desire to practice German. We meet every fortnight to speak German/Germish and drink beer – what more could you want?! I am learning so much from my friends, old and new, and having a blast as well. If you’re local and would like to join us, find us here. If you’re not local but think this sounds like a good idea, I encourage you to reach out to your community via Facebook, etc. You might find one already operating near you, or you can start your own 😉
Plans for Oktoberfest in Pittsburgh have already begun, and as always I am excited for the cooler weather and Fall festivities to arrive once more. I’m currently sewing a dirndl for a dear friend of mine, so look for updates on that project!
Bis bald, Kirsten. Xx


Ostereierbaum / Easter Egg Tree

Happy Easter everybody! Holidays like Easter are great because they showcase just how eclectic American folklore traditions have become. Because I grew up in Western Pennsylvania, I sometimes take foregranted the unique traditions carried out by my neighbors. Some of them are very strange indeed – like decorating a tree with plastic Easter eggs. So I was very surprised when meine Tante shared a picture of a decked out tree that she spotted on a trip to Garmisch!  It turns out that this is an old German tradition! Nobody knows exactly why it began, but eggs are a symbol of life all over the world. The trees around our house are nowhere near as impressive as this one, and in fact the world record belongs to the Rostock Zoo, which in April 2007 decorated a red oak with 79,596 blown and painted eggs!!! 

We do not have a tree in our front yard, but if we did I would totally decorate it, with the help of the kids of course. The boys are eagerly awaiting the goodies brought by the Easter bunny, or Osterhase, who originated with German Lutherans as a symbol of fertility and a judge of whether kids have been well behaved or not…sounds like Santa Claus! 😉