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Nut Cookie Recipe

Today I want to share an old Viennese Christmas cookie recipe with you. Christmas baked goods were once reserved for aristocrats, formed by hand, and made into small shapes. Dried pieces were also used as decorations for the Christmas tree. Easy nut-based cookies: You’ll need 160g butter, 60g powdered sugar, 1 egg, 1 pack of…

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December 3, 2021

Franz Joseph’s Christmas present

Today is Christmas day and, following the tradition, perhaps most of our SV followers have received and given presents to friends, relatives, and many others. But on this day in 1857, one man gave an entire city (and an empire) a very special present. It was on December 25, 1857 (a Friday) that the Wiener…

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December 25, 2018

The first Christmas Tree in Vienna

It is December and, as part of the tradition, presents are waiting under the Christmas tree. Do you know how the Christmas tree came to Vienna? That is the story of Fanny Arnstein. Born Franziska Itzig in Berlin in 1758, she moved to Vienna after marrying Nathan Adam Arnstein. She was a famous member of…

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December 23, 2018

Of Glühwein and Christmas Markets

Although you could be forgiven for thinking it is still far away based on the unseasonably mild weather, it is just about time for the Christmas markets to open again in Vienna. Over the years the size and number of markets have grown to the point where it is almost impossible to walk through any…

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November 10, 2018

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