German Interest Group of the Eastside Genealogical Society German Christmas Traditions

When: Friday, December 2, 2022 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm PT

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Topic: “Beyond the Nutcracker: German Christmas Traditions“

The decorated tree, the song “Silent Night,” the story of The Nutcracker and more are contributions to Christmas in the U.S. by German immigrants of the 18th and 19th centuries. Other vibrant, lovely traditions have been lost in translation but continue in Germany today. Talk includes a handout with recipes, links to music, history and more.

Speaker: Claire Gebben

She is the author of the award-winning memoir How We Survive Here: Families Across Time (2018) about the discovery of old letters in an attic in Germany written by her ancestors, letters that propel her on a transatlantic quest to learn the truth and write about their lives. Her historical novel The Last of the Blacksmiths (2014) is based on the true story of German Michael Harm, who immigrates to America in 1857 to apprentice as a blacksmith and pursue the American dream. Ms. Gebben gives presentations on genealogy, history, and writing at numerous venues. Her articles on German genealogy and history appear in the Seattle Genealogical Society Newsletter, Northwest Prime Time, German Life magazine and elsewhere. More at

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