According to German tradition, mushrooms are placed on the Christmas tree to ensure good luck in the upcoming year. Our mushrooms are in the form of a clip-on ornament that belonged to my husband’s parents, both of whom were first-generation Americans.

Christmas tree mushrooms


My husband’s mother made homemade sauerkraut, and we have two of her kraut boards.  Each year at Christmastime we decorate the smaller kraut board (which hangs on the wall in the kitchen) with an old-fashioned Santa Claus.

Kraut board SantaMerry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!  May you all have a most blessed New Year!

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6 thoughts on “German Christmas Traditions: Mushrooms on the Christmas Tree and a Kraut Board Santa

  1. What lovely traditions that you can carry forward! Merry Christmas to you, Deb and Bob. Know you are grateful for your blessings–and having your family with you at this season.


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