Holiday Ornament

Celebrate the New Year with a German Russian Greeting!


Inspired by Dr. Timothy J. Kloberdanz’s presentation at the July 2022 AHSGR convention, AHSGR created a one-of-a-kind ornament to celebrate the German Russian New Year’s Day tradition of wünschen.

Some of us remember our own experiences of walking to our neighbors and relatives houses no matter how bad the weather to share this German greeting. If said correctly, we earned a reward of a small coin or, if lucky, a one-dollar bill, and depending on how cold it was perhaps a shot of whiskey or schnapps to warm us along our way. Others reminisced with parents or grandparents of how they rang in the New Year with this special greeting.

We can revitalize the custom of spreading cheer and good wishes for the coming year by using the ornament to teach a new generation this greeting. It’s an unforgettable way to celebrate and share our cultural heritage with children, grandchildren and friends.

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