The Swiss Santa Claus Comes on December 6

The Swiss Santa “Samichlaus” arrives on December 6 without a sleigh or reindeer, but with a donkey and a companion and nuts, filled gingerbreads and mandarins in a burlap bag. Christmas presents will be delivered by the “Christkind” Christ Child. Santa Claus comes to judge the Swiss children to see…

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Unusual Swiss Chocolate Creations

It does not come as a surprise to me that Switzerland has one of the highest chocolate consumptions in the world. I love Swiss chocolate and early on found out which brands were my favorite. By the way it is Migros (Frey) chocolate and not the main brand ones. Also…

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What is Swiss Folkmusic?

Growing up in Switzerland I did not like Swiss folkmusic. They call it ‘Ländler’ as its origins are from the country folk (land) and yes, yodeling is included in that. I always found it old-fashioned and backwards. My parents weren’t to keen on it either. But to my surprise my…

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Funniest Google Street Views in Switzerland

Unless you have been living under a rock, you must be familiar with Google Street View. Now, I have to admit that I waste a lot of time simply browsing the world, but there are many other creative uses for Street View as well: Artistic inspiration for painters Virtual sightseeing for cheapos Unique material for […]

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Swiss Styles – Which Type Are You?

Having grown up in Switzerland, I had formed my own definition of what “Swissness” is supposed to look like. However, returning to my home country after many years abroad resulted in that definition to have evolved. I now think that it is normal for expats to perceive their home country differently while living abroad. For […]

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Some Silly (but Real) Questions about Switzerland

Every question is a good question. That’s what they tell you in school, but we could not believe some of the silly questions about Switzerland posed on a website dedicated to, uhm, answering questions. So in an attempt to entertain, we are taking a stab at providing our own answers! General Confusion Q: Who discovered […]

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Swiss Folklore – Fulehung

Fulehung – The Jester with the Devil’s Mask Now looking back to my childhood, I realize that I grew up with Swiss Native culture, too. My father was from the Canton of Bern and had a special mask called the “Fulehung”. The mask is worn by the “Fulehung” or chester…

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Pile Dwelling Villages in Lake Constance

As a student in Grade 2, the school took us on our annual class trip to the reconstructed “Pfahlbau Dorf” Pile Dwelling Village of Unteruhldingen” in the Lake of Constance. I can remember it to this day like it was yesterday. It made a very big impression on me and…

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What Are the “Ice Saints”?

originally posted in 1999 in my old site Recently when I talked to my mother in Switzerland she casually mentioned the “Ice Saints”. I asked her for an explanation as I don’t quite remember the logic behind it and she could not tell me either. So I went hunting for…

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The Silvesterchlaus Custom in Switzerland

This is a translation in my words of the German article on this page. A friend sent me the pictures, unfortunately they are from postcards,as his camera didn’t work. He said that there were around 150 Silvesterchlaeuse and it was a very impressive sight. A ‘Silvesterclaus’ is a masked person…

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