German Christmas Traditions

Did you know that you can thank Germany (not Hallmark) for bringing some traditions to Christmas as we know it?

Christmas Tree – The Germans started the tradition of decorating the Tannenbaum originally with fruits and trinkets, and then wax candles. We have come a long way creatively since when it comes to holiday tree decorating!

Gingerbread Houses – based on a holiday tradition in German Opera houses to build miniature replicas of the gingerbread story from Hansel and Gretel that spread to bakeries.

Nutcrackers – the Nutcracker was the hero of an early 19th-century story by Berlin’s E.T.A. Hoffman, which was later adapted for the famous Russian ballet. Carving of the actual nutcracker figures began in rural Germany and was known for its incredible detail and artistry.

Advent Calendar – at the beginning of the 19th century, the Advent calendar started as a written way to count down the days until Christmas. Gerhard Lang eventually started printing Advent calendars and later added little doors to reveal the date or the scripture.


Deutsches Haus will be celebrating the holidays with events that will bring German traditions to the banks of Bayou St. John.

Board of Director Nominations

It is time to get ready for the elections of the Deutsches Haus Board of Directors for next year. Are you interested in running for the Board of Directors?

  • The nomination period runs during the month of November.
  • The list of candidates will be announced at the Membership meeting on December 5.
  • There will be a town hall to “Meet the Candidates” a week before the election in January.

Requirements, instructions for nominations, and the form to be submited are located HERE.

2019 Stein

Deutsches Haus is now offering the fourth German Stein in the exclusive Deutsches Haus New Orleans Oktoberfest series.

This .5 Liter German Salt Glaze Stein The stein is grey in color with blue outline of the Haus logo. A flat pewter lid adorns the top. A limited edition firing number will be on the bottom.

You may buy one or more of these limited edition steins for $85 at Oktoberfest

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