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December 7, 2012 by Leanne Vogel March 29, 2017
I love hearing Kevin talk about his childhood in Germany, especially the memories he has of Christmas. The traditions his family created during the holidays are so different from my own. The Christmas markets that one could visit for hours, visits from Christkind, children being kept from seeing the Christmas tree until the very last moment, it’s all so different, wonderful and magical. Now that we have our own home together we get to combine our traditions into something that resonates with both of us. I share my stories, he shares his and we make new memories together. One thing that we have always agreed on was the necessity to have Christmas goodies in the house. Germany has quite the selection of Christmas desserts I tell ya. From mandelspritzgebck to vanillekipferln, marzepan to dominosteine. They’re all so delicious and amazingly many of them are gluten-free, too! When Divya from Divya Yadava Magazine invited me to share some of my favorite Christmas recipes in her Winter 2012 issue I thought making two recipes; one from my Canadian Christmas memories and the other from Kevin’s German Christmas traditions, would be a fun approach. I chose to make butter tarts for the Canadian recipe, one of my all-time favorites as a child, and cinnamon stars for the German recipe – Kevin’s Mom always sends us a batch in the mail every year around this time!
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HI! I’M LEANNE
Nutrition educator + keto enthusiast. I want to live in a world where every woman loves her body, nourishing fats are enjoyed at every meal, and the word “restriction” isn’t in the dictionary.