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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

An Expat's Stocking Stuffer Wishlist

In case you didn't already know: I AM FLYING TO THE U.S. FOR CHRISTMAS IN LESS THAN 2 WEEKS!

I already sent my mom an email with my Christmas wishlist, but what I have not yet told her is what I would love to have in my stocking. Yes, I am 24 years old and still expect a stocking.

Stocking Stuffer Wishlist | Welcome to Germerica
In my family, our stockings were usually just stuffed with candy, gum, and a pair of socks. Since I have not been in the U.S. for 1.5 years, however, I am more excited than ever for these types of items. So, I figured I would just publish my stocking stuffer wishlist for everyone to see on my blog (and my mother can do with this information whatever she wants... ;)

Peanut Butter Candy

Peanut butter candy is the biggest gap in the German food market, and I miss it so much. Reese's peanut butter cups, Reese's pieces, PEANUT BUTTER M&M's!!! I love it all.

Swedish Fish

I woke up about one week ago thinking about Swedish Fish. I never really thought about them at any point throughout the past year since Germany has lots of other great fruity, gummy candies, but now that I have a taste for them, the craving won't go away. I would actually group Swedish Fish in with my love for red licorice (they are similar, aren't they?) which was on my list of my list of American foods I miss most.

Light Green Tic Tacs

Okay, I just had to look up what the actual flavor of these Tic Tacs is -- Wintergreen. Sounds like an appropriate name for a stocking stuffer :) Anyways, I just have had a taste for these in the past few weeks as well. Although Germany does have Tic Tacs, they only sell fresh mint and orange here. Bummer, I know.

Bobby Pins and Hair Elastics

Okay, this is something that I could easily buy in Germany, but I am sure all the long-haired ladies reading this post understand why this is here. Where do all the bobby pins and hair ties (what do you call these? I don't feel like I know the right word...) disappear to? I am down to one lonely bobby pin these days, and I am treating it like it is made of pure gold lately. We'll see if I can hold out on buying new ones until I am in the U.S. (or until they show up in my stocking, *wink*wink*).

Marco's Stocking Stuffer Wishlist

Stockings are not a Christmas tradition in Germany. I think this is because they have St. Nikolaus Tag, where St. Nikolaus comes on the 6th of December to fill the children's shoes with sweets, which the American stocking tradition probably stems from.

Christmas stocking that I knit for Marco

Since I knitted Marco his own stocking two years ago (pictured above), however, he is now totally in on the tradition and is also very excited to see it filled with his favorite American treats. So, here is Marco's stocking stuffer wishlist:

Slim Jims

Yes, Germany is full of every type of sausage imaginable, but Marco is a sucker for these individually-wrapped spicy little meat sticks (didn't I make that sound incredibly appetizing?).

Beef Jerky

Marco loves meat. Beef is a type of meat. Beef is incredibly expensive in Germany. Dried beef is even more expensive. Beef is not so expensive in the U.S. Americans make delicious beef jerky out of this meat. Marco loves American beef jerky.

Hershey's Cookies 'n Cream

This is basically the only American candy that Marco talks about. He has told me before that his favorite chocolate bar as a child was Ritter Sport Weiss + Crisp, and Hershey's Cookies 'n Cream is very similar to this, but with chocolate cookie instead of corn flakes (i.e. better).

What would be on your stocking stuffer wishlist?


  1. Yay for going home for Christmas. I fly out in less than a week and can't wait. Stockings are my favorite part to open!

  2. Oh my goodness, I make my Mom send me Reese's by the bags to me in Germany! For Halloween, she sent me 6 bags of Reese's that I'm carefully rationing! haha...and yay for going home for Christmas :) I leave in 5 days for the USA as well...yippeee!

  3. Beef Jerky and Slim Jims... I thought Marco was incredibly disgusting. But I totally understand the Hershey's Cookies and Cream. YUM!

  4. Hahaha, he is a little disgusting, but do you really hate beef jerky? Beef jerky is delicious!

  5. LUCKY! Anyways, I have no willpower. The last time my mother sent me a package with candy in it, it was all gone within a matter of days. #noregrets

    Oh, and I am so jealous that you are already leaving in 5 days! Does your Christmas break start so early?

  6. Less than a week! How long are you staying at home for?

  7. For 2.5 weeks, I can't wait! How long will you be home for?

  8. Exactly 2 weeks. Have fun! Merry Christmas!!!

  9. ugh man... peanut butter cups. I miss them sooooo much

  10. Just 9 more days until they are in my mouth... mmmmm

  11. There are peanut butter sweets in Germany now! Lindt's peanut butter balls! So, so good!

  12. What?! This is the best news ever! I am now on a mission to find these! Where do you buy them?

  13. I got them in Kaufhof, but I think any shop with a big-ish sweet section should do them too.

  14. I have seen those "Hello my name is..." chocolate at Edeka before. I will have to look next time to see if they have PB balls!


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