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Rick Steves European Christmas

Rick Steves' European Christmas: Samichlaus, Schmutzli and Fondue in Switzerland

Rick Steves | Posted 02.19.2014 | Travel
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High in Switzerland, the mighty Alps seem to shout the glory of God. Up here, where villages huddle under towering peaks, Christmas fills a wintry won...

Rick Steves' European Christmas: Presepi Manger Scenes--Rome's Bethlehem Home Show

Rick Steves | Posted 02.19.2014 | Travel
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A wonderful tradition in Italy is churches and communities making creative manger scenes and putting them on display through the Christmas season. T...

Rick Steves' European Christmas: Buon Natale from Italy!

Rick Steves | Posted 02.19.2014 | Travel
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Next on our Rick Steves' European Christmas itinerary was Italy. One of my favorite guides in all of Europe is Roberto Bechi (who has taught and inspi...

Santa Claus: The Many Faces Behind the Beard

Rick Steves | Posted 02.18.2014 | Travel
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In our Rick Steves' European Christmas book (a companion book to the public television show), we outlined the history and many European variations o...

Rick Steves' European Christmas: Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht in Austria

Rick Steves | Posted 02.17.2014 | Travel
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The festive swirl of heartwarming sights, sounds, and smells of Christmas abound in the land where the season's most-loved carol, "Silent Night," was ...

From Pre-Christmas Tree to O Tannenbaum

Rick Steves | Posted 02.16.2014 | Travel
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Here's an excerpt from my Rick Steves' European Christmas book, explaining how our tradition of decorating Christmas trees came to be: The Christma...

Rick Steves' European Christmas: A Rare and Intimate Conversation with Bavaria's Christkind

Rick Steves | Posted 02.16.2014 | Travel
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In Nürnberg, famous for its best-in-Germany Christmas market, our Rick Steves' European Christmas crew got to film the angelic Christkind. How did a ...

Rick Steves' European Christmas: Frohe Weihnachten from Germany!

Rick Steves | Posted 02.16.2014 | Travel
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When it comes to traditional holiday images, Germany's Bavaria is the heartland. Here we'll savor classic holiday themes: glittering trees, old-time c...

Christmas: Not a Day, but a Season

Rick Steves | Posted 02.16.2014 | Travel
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In the seven countries we visited to film Rick Steves' European Christmas, Christmas is more than just December 25th -- it's a season that lasts for ...

The Roots of Christmas: From Sun Worship to Son Worship

Rick Steves | Posted 02.16.2014 | Travel
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As I'm reflecting on the making of my Rick Steves' European Christmas television special, CD, and companion book, I wanted to share this book excerpt...

Rick Steves' European Christmas: Joyeux Noël from France!

Rick Steves | Posted 02.12.2014 | Travel
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From Paris to Burgundy, Christmas in France is the stuff of dreams. Rich sounds of medieval carols abound, simple rituals are shared by families and f...

Rick Steves' European Christmas: Norway

Rick Steves | Posted 02.12.2014 | Travel
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In writing the Rick Steves' European Christmas script, I had to choose which countries would "make the cut." I could fit only seven into the mix. Bein...

Rick Steves' European Christmas: London

Rick Steves | Posted 02.12.2014 | Travel
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Leaving the tranquility of the English countryside behind, London offers Christmas fun fit for a queen and streets twinkling with joy. This is the onl...

Rick Steves' European Christmas: Bath and the Countryside

Rick Steves | Posted 02.10.2014 | Travel
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Writing the Rick Steves' European Christmas script was a fun challenge, and I needed to tap my Europeans friends not just to be good tour guides, but ...

Rick Steves' European Christmas: The Christmas Story

Rick Steves | Posted 02.08.2014 | Travel
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While each European country gives Christmas its own special twist, they all follow the same story of how the son of God was born on earth, as told in ...

The 12 Days of European Christmas: Filming (and Celebrating) Christmas All Across Europe

Rick Steves | Posted 02.05.2014 | Travel
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Once upon a time, for the 12 days of Christmas, we had two busy television crews a-filming: 12 carol concerts, 11 mugs of Glühwein, 10 living mangers...