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Have Yourself a Merry Christmas: Home Decor, Food, Fragrance

Have yourself a merry little Christmas in the best place on planet Earth: Your own home!

We’ve been posting about the best of Christmas home decor and food for years and we’ve also shared our special Christmas home fragrance recipe! If you’ve missed those blog posts, we hope you will enjoy this round-up of our favorite Merry Christmas posts to help you celebrate the holidays in the coziest and jolliest way possible!

Traditional Christmas Decor in Every Room

Deck The halls christmas hall decorDon’t just deck the halls with boughs of holly… add the Christmas touch to every room!

I hope that my mini tour of different homes with their Christmas decor will provide you with inspiration for traditional Christmas decor in every room.

Even if you don’t have such a huge and sweeping staircase in your foyer, then you can still make other areas of your home look wonderful.

Traditional Christmas Decor Tour Part 2

Christmas bedroom decorFabulous Christmas decorations also look wonderful in the dining room, bathroom, and kitchen. Why hold back on the bling?

And don’t forget the bedroom! Kids have their Christmas stockings to make their sleeping space extra special, but adults deserve some holiday spirit in the bedroom too. Look at our great ideas for Christmas decor in every room. 

Christmas Table Decorations 

Red and White Christmas table decorationsDreaming up new ideas for our Christmas table decorations is great fun, and a lovely way to get into the festive spirit.

These creative Christmas table decorations will help inspire your ho-ho-ho-holiday spirit too!

We also loved sharing our recipe for our family’s homemade Christmas fragrance.

I promise, this is an easy way to make your house feel very welcoming and festive!

Christmas Cookies and Franklin Nut Cake

Speaking of recipes… We have some Talbot family recipes for delicious cookies and cake! Greg’s mom Kathy, who is also in charge of all our antique restorations, is a genius in the kitchen!

Find her recipes for her amazing Franklin Nut Cake, her Kathy’s Magic Cookie Bars, and White Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwiches in our Christmas Cookies and Cake post.

And don’t blame me if you can’t resist eating it all the minute you have cooked it! These are tried and tested recipes that satisfy our very hungry family!

German Christmas Markets and Gluhwein Recipe

Cologne Christmas MarketOne thing I miss the most about living in Germany is visiting the festive Christmas markets. My favorite Christmas market is in Cologne, held beneath the huge Gothic Cathedral.

In this German Christmas Markets blog post I give you a tour of the Cologne market and the food and drink you might see there, including a recipe for warming, delicious, traditional Gluhwein!

A Traditional English Christmas 

Christmas puddingThere’s something nostalgic about an old-time English Christmas. I guess it must be all those Masterpiece Theatre shows as well as holiday stories like A Christmas Carol, and of course our more recent favorite, Downton Abbey!

This blog post   explains all the traditions of an English Christmas, and gives a recipe for Yorkshire Pudding too!

Looking farther afield in Europe, you can read our blog post about Old World Christmas Traditions in France and Italy too. Did you know that instead of hanging up a stocking for Santa Claus, children in France often leave shoes out by the fireplace for le Père Noël to fill?

I hope that you enjoy our festive blog posts to help you with your own Merry Little Christmas! If you have any suggestions for us about Christmas home decor or food, or perhaps your own special holiday fragrance that you cook up each year…. we’d love to hear about it! Tell us in the comments box!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Historic Newberry South Carolina Holiday Open House

If you’ve wanted to go antiquing in Newberry, South Carolina, now is the time as we celebrate the holiday season with a Holiday Open House in Historic Downtown! The Newberry Holiday Open House runs from the evening of Thursday November 15 through Sunday November 18, 2018.  EuroLuxHome.com is joining the party with a 15% discount on all the antiques at our EuroLux antiques store on Main Street. Newberry SC Holiday open house

Businesses participating in the Open House roll out the welcome mat with refreshments, drawings, door prizes and sale prices. If you are looking for a Thanksgiving centerpiece or the perfect gift for a relative, this is the time to explore Main Street and the Historic District.

If you’re making your list and checking it twice, the Newberry Holiday Open House helps you get ahead on shopping for holiday gifts. Many business will offer longer opening hours to welcome in the holidays. Also enjoy a meal at a restaurant to help you get into the festive spirit before shopping… or afterward to celebrate your wonderful purchases!

Newberry SC Christmas tree lighting

As the icing on the Christmas cake, don’t miss the Main Street Lights and the lighting of the Christmas tree on Friday November 16, 2018. We get into a nostalgic holiday mood between 5 pm and 6 pm, listening to caroling at the tree by members of the Southern Victorian Society, dressed in full replica Victorian era clothing. The official lighting ceremony begins at 6:15 pm, showcasing local school choirs, then we join in the countdown to light the town at 6:30 pm!  Wandering carolers from the Newberry College Madrigal Choir add to the magic all evening. You can also stop by for a FREE showing of the movie Polar Express at the Ritz Theater at 7:30 pm.

Kathy with her collection of Thanksgiving pilgrims

Here at EuroLux Home antiques store at 1409 Main Street, we’ll offer a 15% discount throughout the Holiday Open House. You will easily recognize us by Kathy’s collection of Thanksgiving pilgrims in our store windows!

We have lots of beautiful antique French furniture that we’ve brought back from our antiques buying trips in Europe, as well as smaller pieces of home decor from vintage chandeliers to kitchenware.

The hours for the Historic Downtown Newberry’s Holiday Open House 2018 are:

  • Thursday November 15: From 5 pm – 8 pm
  • Friday November 16:  From 10 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday November 17: From 10 am – 6 pm
  • Sunday November 18: From 1 pm  -6 pm

If you don’t live nearby so you can’t join in the Holiday Open House and come antiquing in Newberry, keep watching our blog to hear about a cool holiday discount at our online store. That way, you can find the perfect unique piece of furniture or decorative accessory for your home wherever you live!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

A Victorian Thanksgiving

We have the Victorians to thank for our modern day Thanksgivings! Communities across the country had carried out their own Thanksgiving celebrations since the 1600s.  But there wasn’t a unified American Thanksgiving until Abraham Lincoln’s presidential proclamation in 1863 called for an official Thanksgiving Day in all states.  The traditions established in those Victorian Thanksgivings live on today.

Victorian Thanksgiving card

The Victorians loved sending cards, so of course they sent Thanksgiving cards too, just like this one. The cards were often illustrated with pumpkins and turkeys – the same images we have today of Thanksgiving! The tradition of serving turkey for the T-Day meal was quickly adopted in honor of the early settlers who found wild turkey to eat. Even the party games on Thanksgiving night after dinner might include Pin the Tail on the Turkey!

Turkey was first stuffed with simple fillings like seasoned bread and corn meal, but the Victorian cooks got creative with stuffings, adding oysters, chestnuts, cranberries and other fruits.

Photo by A.HICKMAN DesignThanksgiving Table Setting

The Victorians often used natural elements to decorate their Thanksgiving table, such as autumn leaves, ferns, nuts, fruits and grasses. This table setting evokes the style and it is easy to recreate, with its beautiful natural centerpiece, a candle inside a lamp, and your best decorative stemware, and patterned china. It doesn’t matter if the plates or glasses don’t match. A mix of patterns or cut glass stemware creates an attractive vintage look.

Although the Victorian Thanksgiving meal was similar to ours, they also served some dishes that haven’t survived as traditional today, like boiled onions, clams and mincemeat pies! They did love their turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie, though, just like us.

You can wash down your Thanksgiving feast with a traditional Victorian punch, like this one created by Charles Dickens. It combines rum, cognac, black tea, lemons and sugar for a very warming treat!

Dessert for Thanksgiving

If you want another dessert in addition to pies, then why not create a festive Charlotte Russe? It was a favorite of the Victorians, and often served at functions in Abraham Lincoln’s White House. Here is a Charlotte Russe recipe from the Great British Baking Show’s episode about Victorian baking!

The jelly and the bavarois filling in the Charlotte Russe is heavy on the gelatin because gelatin was a new discovery in Victorian times, making life a lot easier for cooks. They experimented with many gelatin dishes. And, just like us, they had to get creative with leftovers, resulting in dishes like Turkey in Savory Jelly! Display for desserts

This is a charming way to serve your desserts if you don’t have an antique server or buffet. Empty out a display cabinet or hutch and make a pretty display of your desserts, fruits and candies!

We know that many of our customers live in Victorian homes and love Victorian decor. I hope that this blog post about Victorian Thanksgiving gives you some inspiration for your own holiday feast. Happy Thanksgiving!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Newberry Oktoberfest: Celebrating our German Heritage

Oktoberfest Newberry SCWe are convinced that our local Newberry Oktoberfest is the best in South Carolina, giving us all a chance to celebrate our German heritage in historic Downtown Newberry. I hope that you will come visit and see for yourself one day, maybe even this year?

The Newberry Oktoberfest party fills the streets on the first Saturday of every October, which means that for 2018, we are celebrating on October 6 from 10 am to 6 pm. The entertainment is free and everyone is welcome. We have a small town vibe and we are known as the City of Friendly Folks for a reason…. we love meeting visitors and you’ll be given a warm welcome!

If you want to know what to expect at Newberry Oktoberfest…. read on! I took these photos in previous years, to give you a taste of the event.

Newberry Oktoberfest

Many people dress up for the occasion and there is also a hotly contested Best German Traditional Dress Contest. This handsome couple certainly looks the part!

Newberry Antique Store Oktoberfest

This is inside our EuroLux antiques store at 1409 Main Street. Definitely come in and say hello to us any time you come to Newberry… You don’t have to be in costume!  Our 1910 Art Deco building is easy to find as we have a big sign outside that says “Antiques.”

EuroLux Oktoberfest 2018The Oktoberfest festival is a wonderful oompah party with free entertainment including polka music.  This year the music includes old favorites the Three Dot Polka Band and the Reggie Sullivan Band.  You can also enjoy free puppet shows at the Ritz Theater.

Newberry Oktoberfest vintage cars

Newberry Oktoberfest foodGreg especially loves the annual Midlands SC Muscle & Classic Cars show.  Don’t miss the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile!

And of course, we all enjoy a few cold beers in the biergartens and all the delicious German food, such as  schnitzel, sauerkraut, bratwurst, German potato salad, liver nips (liver dumplings) and lots of sweet treat baked goods.

Kids have fun with free activities in Kindertown, including carousel rides, a 50-foot obstacle course, an inflatable fun park, human bowling, face painting, a rock climbing wall, and crafts.

Arts and crafts vendors will also line the streets, selling all kinds of interesting and unusual items. If you are in the area during Oktoberfest, come on down, sing, dance, eat and have fun and wish us all Prost!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

 

Client Spotlight: Jonathan Charles Santos Tables Klismos Chairs

I loved seeing these photos of the new Jonathan Charles Santos tables and Klismos chairs in our customers’ home. I especially love seeing the living room all beautifully decorated for Christmas! Our clients Dawson and Randy in West Granby, CT, bought the chairs and side tables in two separate purchases more than a year apart, but the pieces blend together perfectly, as does everything else in their living room. This couple has a great sense of style!
Jonathan Charles Santos Furniture in Client home

Let’s start with the chairs in the front of the photo, loyally guarded by Mr. Waggles the dog! The new Jonathan Charles Santos chairs are based on Art Deco styling from the 1920s and the Klismos chair design boasts the curved splayed legs that were a feature of the Klismos chairs first created by the ancient Greeks. Splendid satin rosewood veneer complements the black leather upholstery and ebonized arms and legs add the finishing touch to these chairs.

Jonathan Chalres Santos Ebonized Rosewood tableOn either side of the sofa you can see the new Jonathan Charles Santos Collection side tables. The curved ebonized legs and gorgeous rosewood table top make a great match for the chairs.

The overall effect of these exquisitely crafted pieces is timelessly elegant and serenely sleek.

They are ideal for Dawson and Randy’s living room, which is so nicely tailored with an emphasis on the crisp tones of black, white, and red.  The Christmas tree makes the space look very festive!

 

Jonathan Charles Santos Furniture in living room

Here’s a view from another angle. Mr. Waggles hasn’t moved an inch! He looks very comfortable surrounded by this chic room design, which also offers a warm welcome thanks to the red tones and the softening effect of the blinds alongside the clean lines of the furniture.

Jonathan Chalres Santos chairs

This final view shows the marvelous height of the space. I enjoy the wall art and the panel, and the way the checkerboard tile floor that we can glimpse in the hallway adds to the classic Art Deco feel of this room. I imagine that Randy and Dawson will enjoy some very merry holiday celebrations in this space! And I also love that they included Mr. Waggles and Beanie the kitty in the photos. If you can’t see Beanie, look by the right leg of the console table in the hallway…. Beanie is black and white and well-camouflaged!

Thanks to Randy and Dawson for sharing your photos and getting us all in the holiday spirit, as well as giving us all lots of great home decor ideas with your supremely elegant home.

Browse other items in the Jonathan Charles Santos Furniture collection at this link.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Thanksgiving 15% Off New & Antique Furniture & Decor

Shopping for antique furniture or vintage or new furniture or home accessories?  Now is the time to visit EuroLuxHome.com and save money with our annual Thanksgiving deal giving 15% off everything.  Now through Thursday November 30, you will get 15% off your entire order, as well as our always-free shipping, when you enter the coupon code at checkout: Gratitude

We’ve stretched our special offer till the end of November to give you plenty of time to shop at leisure, not just on Black Friday. We’re also celebrating Small Business Saturday on November 25, which encourages shoppers to support small, family-run businesses like ours! Then there is Cyber Monday. While we’re a small business, we have a big online presence. And at Thanksgiving, we like to thank our customers with a bonus discount on our already low prices.  A portion of every EuroLuxHome.com sale goes to Pets Inc., a no-kill animal shelter in Columbia, SC. So the homeless pets thank you for your purchase too!Antique French Gothic Buffet

The 15% discount code Gratitude is valid on everything from antique French furniture to vintage lighting and new furniture and home accessories for every room in the house.

Here are some ideas to tempt you!  This dramatic antique French Gothic buffet  dates to 1870 and it makes a stunning visual statement. Intricately carved in walnut with a gorgeous stained glass door, the antique French Gothic buffet is a wonderful server for your dinner gatherings and it will also look great as a home bar, to serve your favorite wines, spirits and liqueurs. See all our buffets and sideboards.

Antique French Hunting Chairs 1880 16-31This set of six antique French Hunting chairs will make a very elegant impression in your dining room. The chairs date to 1880 and they are beautifully carved in solid oak wood with rattan seats. The crest and finials on the chair back are quite grand and they give these fine dining chairs a very noble look. Browse all our new and antique dining chairs.

Leather Chair Made in USA MK-415If you are in the market for a new leather chair, we have a wonderful selection of antique-inspired and classic leather chairs in many different colors.

This club style chair is just one example. The leather chair is made in the USA and it is crafted in beautiful leather with luxurious tufting on the back. The traditional nailhead trim adds another decorative detail. Comfy? You bet! Browse all our leather chairs here. 

Scarborough House Chinoiserie Chest of Drawers SH-468 This hand-painted new Scarborough House Chinoiserie white lacquered chest of drawers is a graceful beauty from head to toe! The curvy serpentine bombe shape, the hand-painted design and the ornate brass accents all add up to make this an exquisite choice.

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Our collection of new and vintage lighting includes chandeliers, floor lamps, ceiling lamps, wall sconces, table lamps and more!

I’ve chosen to show you this large vintage Flemish chandelier because the shape is so beautiful and the wood and brass-toned metal is so handsome. It’s sure to create a warm and welcoming mood in your home.

For more inspiration, browse our complete inventory of fine antique furniture from Europe and Asia, new furniture for every room in the house, plus antique religious treasures, ceramics, wall hangings, throw pillows and other high-quality antique-inspired home accessories. Then take 15% off everything in your shopping basket when you enter the coupon code:
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The offer is valid now through November 30, 2017. However you choose to use your 15% discount Greg and I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving and happy home decor and antiques shopping!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Newberry Oktoberfest: Celebrating in South Carolina

Newberry Oktoberfest takes to the streets on the first Saturday of every October, which means that for 2017, we are celebrating Oktoberfest on October 7. I’ve said before that I think Newberry Oktoberfest is the best in the whole of South Carolina and I took some photos last year to show you that I’m right! Or come and visit us and find out for yourself.

Newberry Oktoberfest

The town of Newberry is rich with history and Oktoberfest gives the town the chance to celebrate its German heritage in historic Downtown.

We are known as the City of Friendly Folks and we have that small town vibe where everybody knows everybody and everyone is quick to smile and wave.

 

Newberry Oktoberfest German CostumeThe Oktoberfest festival is a wonderful oompah party and the Rocktoberfest Stage with live music gives us all a chance to dance to bands including the Three Dot Polka Band.

There is also a Best Traditional German Dress Contest where the competition is steep! Many people dress up even if they don’t enter the costume contest.

There are lots of activities in Kindertown for children, with puppet shows at the Ritz Theater, an inflatable fun park, a craft tent, balloon animals and lots more. One of the favorite things on everyone’s list is a ride on the carousel!

Newberry Oktoberfest carousel

Newberry Oktoberfest German foodOur favorite part of the festivities is the German food and the Biergarten with German beers! We have one day to try as many treats as we can, including schnitzel, sauerkraut, bratwurst, liver nips (liver dumplings) German potato salad, and more!

There is a lot of fabulous German baking and the home-baked cakes are delicious.

German Cakes at Newberry Oktoberfest

There will be a classic and muscle car show too – Greg loves classic cars so he will definitely head there early! The streets will also be filled with arts and crafts vendors selling all kinds of interesting things.

arts and crafts at Newberry Oktoberfest

Our EuroLuxHome.com antiques store will be open too, so you can browse our genuine European antique furniture and vintage home accessories.Eurolux Antiques Gallery Newberry SCWe are right in the heart of the action on Newberry Main Street, so come by and say hello or “Guten Tag!” Our Art Deco building dates to 1910 and it’s hard to miss us as we have a big sign outside that says “Antiques.”

See you at Newberry Oktoberfest… Prost!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

15% Off Wine-Inspired Furniture, French Antiques, Vintage and New

In my blog posts New Hobbs Germany Wine-Inspired Furniture and Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Collection: The Story I told you that EuroLuxHome.com is now a U.S. distributor for the cool new Hobbs Germany line of wine-inspired furniture. My video below shows you more about this unique collection, but if you were eyeing up the Hobbs Germany pieces or any antique French furniture or vintage decor or new lighting in our store, now is the time to save with a 15% discount as our holiday gift to you.

You’ve bought gifts for everyone else for Christmas, haven’t you? So now it’s time to treat yourself and your home to something special for the new year!
Take 15% off everything in our online store now through December 31 when you use this code at checkout:
Celebrate2017

Perhaps you will choose a piece from the beautiful Hobbs Germany line, which upcycles authentic wine crates stamped by French Bordeaux wineries as drawers.  I tell you more about the furniture in this video.

Browse all the collection, including one-of-a-kind kitchen islands, coffee tables, end tables, wine cabinets, coolers and more, at our Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Collection page. The collection is currently available in limited quantities. We’re now accepting pre-sales of inventory arriving in early 2017!

Shipping is always free on the the Hobbs Germany Bordeaux collection and everything in our store, as long as we are delivering to the continental USA, and some parts of Canada.

Antique French Renaissance Buffet Open GalleryIf you are looking for fine antique French furniture, then you also have plenty of opportunities to save!

For example, save 15% on this antique French Renaissance buffet or server dating to the year 1900.

Crafted in solid walnut with a gorgeous patina, this finely carved Renaissance style buffet includes fluted columns, and a carving of a Grecian style urn garlanded with flourishing florals. An open gallery offers plenty of space to display heirloom china or collectibles. You could serve a full meal to your guests from this antique French Renaissance style buffet, or use it as a splendid display case in your living area or hallway.

Antique Chinese TableOr perhaps you are looking for a stunning antique Chinese table like this late Qing Dynasty accent table or chest of drawers, dating to 1900. The table is elaborately carved in elm with hand-carved horses, symbolizing endurance and loyalty, deer for good fortune and bats for good luck. The 5-drawer antique Chinese table measures nearly 42 inches wide, making it a nice size for many uses from a hall table to a sofa table to a bedside table!

Large Vintage Flemish ChandelierIf you’re feeling in the mood for new lighting to brighten up your dark winter nights, browse our vintage and new table lamps, chandeliers, and other lighting.

For example, this large vintage Flemish chandelier will add a warm glow to your living room or dining room or bedroom. The sculptural shape makes a dramatic statement in richly crafted wood and brass-tone metal.  Measuring more than 31 inches wide, the classic vintage Belgian chandelier vase and ball design will suit any home.

Aubusson Handwoven Throw Pillow Hunting HoundSmaller home decor items will also cheer up your new year, from hand-woven throw pillows to beautifully crafted candlesticks, boxes, and bookends.

Have a look at our full inventory at EuroLuxHome.com where shipping is always free, and take 15% off your order through December 31, 2016, when you enter the coupon code at checkout: Celebrate2017

However you choose to use your 15% discount on antique furniture or vintage or new home decor, we wish you a very merry Christmas!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

 

 

Things We Love: German Christmas Markets

One of the things I miss the most about living in Germany, especially at this time of year, is browsing around the Christmas markets, or Weihnachtsmarkte, that are found in big cities and small towns across Germany. You may have even heard of the most famous Christmas markets in Nurnberg or Munich, but my favorite Christmas market is in Cologne.Cologne Christmas Market

Sitting at the base of the huge Gothic Cathedral, the Christmas market fills the large town square with booth-after-twinkling-booth of things to delight your eye!

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A large Christmas tree stands above the concert stage in the middle of the market, which is always filled with carol singers accompanied by musicians. There are booths filled with sparkling glass Christmas ornaments in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

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There are booths filled with hand-crafted wooden toys, jolly wooden nutcrackers and smokers, and all sorts of gifts to take home to your family and friends.

Christmas Toys at CologneMarket
There are booths filled with giant cookies that say Ich Liebe Dich! (I love you!) and roasted nuts that smell incredible as you walk by.

CologneMarket Christmas nuts and cookies

Even bundled up in winter coats, scarves and mittens, eventually you begin to feel the cold as you wander through the booths, each more colorful and inviting than the next. It’s time for Gluhwein!

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Spiced warm wine, or hot chocolate if you prefer, in souvenir mugs is just the thing to warm your hands – and, after a couple of mugs, your toes and nose too!

But my absolute favorite is the booth with the chocolate dipped fruit! Christmas-Market-Chocolate Fruit

Skewers of chocolate-dipped fresh fruit – pieces of bananas, pineapples, grapes, strawberries – dipped in white chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate – it is divine!

Although not found at the Christmas markets, my favorite meal at this time of year in Germany is Christmas goose.

ChristmasGooseDinnerIf you’ve never had goose, you’ve missed out. It is mouth-wateringly delicious! It tastes similar to duck and is traditionally served with Klopse (round steamed potato dumplings), rotkohl (pickled red cabbage) and roasted chestnuts – my all-time favorite German meal.

Gluhwein recipe

Although I’ll miss out on the Christmas goose and chocolate-covered fruit this year, I’ll be reminiscing while trying out this Gluhwein recipe I found on Pinterest!

It calls for 1 bottle of dry red wine, 1 cup of brandy, 1 sliced lemon, and 3 sliced oranges. To add the spice, stir in 6 sticks of cinnamon, 8 to 10 cloves, and 3 to 5 whole anis. Mix in 3 tablespoons of sugar then simmer for 45 minutes.

Prost!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

 

Thanksgiving 20% Off New & Antique Furniture & Decor

We’re delighted to say Thank You to all our blog readers and customers who buy new and antique furniture from us with a discount of 20% off orders over $200. Because we are a family-owned small business, we are celebrating Thanksgiving plus Small Business Saturday and Black Friday and Cyber Monday all rolled into one!

Now through December 1, get 20% off all orders over $200 plus our always-free shipping when you use this coupon code at checkout: HolidayCheer

Antique French Henry II Walnut Marble ServerThis gives you plenty of time to browse our fine antique French furniture, as well as vintage and new furniture and all kinds of exceptional home decor.

With gift-giving season upon us, it’s the perfect time to save money on a new treat for your home or an unusual treasure to give your loved ones. For example, get 20% off this fabulous antique French sideboard or buffet dating to 1900 and carved in walnut wood in classic Henry II style. A red and grey marble top complements the carved walnut, while a plate rail provides space to show off your favorite plates or other collectibles.  This is a lovely piece for a dining room or to serve as a home bar.

Vintage French DIning Chairs Louis XV RococoOr give your dining room a facelift with these luscious 1930s vintage French dining chairs, packed with Belle Epoque appeal! The set of six French Louis XV Rococo dining chairs are crafted in oak wood with cane/rattan seating, and the sweet shaping on the chair back and French cabriole legs is sure to charm.

The chair backs’ airy design makes them a nice choice for a modestly-sized dining room where you don’t want visually bulky seating.  They’d also look great as occasional seating in a living room, bedroom, or guest rooms.

Hobbs Germany Wine RackOr you might want to buy one of the very unusual pieces from from one of our new vendors.

I told you about the wine-inspired furniture using genuine French wine crates as drawers in my previous post about Hobbs Germany. We are US distributors for this amazing line of furniture and so you’ll be one of the first in the country to discover it! You can see the full Hobbs Germany Bordeaux collection here.

Theodore Alexander Louis XVI Breakfront CabinetThe other new vendor that we are very excited about is the Theodore Alexander furniture company, which hand-crafts beautiful pieces with superb finishes. For example, this finely inlaid antique-inspired Louis XVI Breakfront Cabinet (above) boasts pearl inlay marquetry of birds plus brass accents, key pattern drawers, parquetry drawers and a delicious white veined black marble top. A lot of craftsmanship went into this beauty! They also have an Althorp line based on pieces from Princess Diana’s ancestral home and a range of Mid-Century Modern styles designed in partnership with the antiques celebrities, the Keno Brothers. See all the Theodore Alexander furniture and decor here.

Hibiscus Foot Stool Hand Needlepoint FlowerIf you’re looking for smaller gifts, our range of very pretty pillows, foot stools and benches offer nicely priced pieces that you know will be used every day!

For example, this charming carved foot stool would be a treat for someone who loves Victoriana. The wool needlepoint is hand-embroidered and the attractive hibiscus flower design is accented by hand-applied brass nailheads.

OK Casting Dog Box HandPaintedOur hand-crafted OK Casting pieces are another popular choice for gifts, especially if you have someone who is tricky to buy for!  These candlesticks, boxes, bookends and sculptures are hand-cast in resin and hand-painted with stunning detail, like this carved relief Sporting Dog casket.

The items are adorned with sculptures of wild animals from elks and bears to elephants, and with dogs of all breeds, plus figures including cowboys and sportsmen. They look far more expensive than their very reasonable price point!  As OK Casting custom-makes each piece to order, purchase by Cyber Monday at the latest to receive by Christmas!

I hope these suggestions have inspired some ideas. We are always happy to help you find the perfect gift if you contact us via phone or email.

Now check out our full inventory at EuroLuxHome.com where shipping is always free, and take 20% off your order over $200 now through December 1, 2016, when you enter the coupon code at checkout: HolidayCheer

However you choose to use your 20% discount we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving and happy antiques and home decor shopping!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.