Category Archives: holidays

Freising Foto Freitag

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Local musicians performing Advent music, 2018. About four-thirty in the afternoon on a sunny day. I’ll be dipping into my sizeable trove of photos I failed to share in a timely manner, to keep Freising Foto Freitag going through our hard lockdown. (Finally sloth pays off!) Leaving your home for… Read more »

Freising Foto Freitag

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The Weihnachtsmann (*not* Santa Claus) climbing into your window to (hopefully) leave you presents was more popular ten years ago, but I still see a few around town this year.

Thanksgiving 2020

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People often ask if I make the usual foods for Thanksgiving. I don’t. 1) It’s a normal weekday here; and 2) the friends and family we would invite to dinner would decline most of the traditional menu–including the bird–for personal dietary reasons. I prefer to make simple meals for just… Read more »

Tour de Krapfen 2020

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Krapfenzeit. Simply put, a Krapfen is a deep-fried ball of yeast dough with a fruit or cream filling. In other regions they may be called Berliner, Pfannkuchen, or Ballen, but in Bavaria and Austria they are Krapfen (I have also seen “Grapfen”… Read more »

Frohes neues Jahr!

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New Year’s Eve in Germany is called Silvester, as Dec 31 is the feast day of a pope by that name.  Why him and not Felis silvestris?  I’m not sure.  Possibly because the traditional German celebration includes setting off copious amounts of fireworks–they started in our neighborhood around 5 p.m…. Read more »