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Treats and Traditions

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During this Christmas Season, why not make a visit to the German American Heritage Center in Davenport. There you will find  Oma's  Kitchen. Oma is German for grandmother.

The display is titled  Treats and Traditions. You'll have the opportunity to see the utensils, spice holders, rolling pins, and other tools of the trade which grandma used to make Christmas treats. Several of the displays are miniature size.

In the German tradition, packaging is also a key ingredient. German cookies are often packaged in tins,  eloquently decorated with touches of silver and gold.

The German culture also uses decorative plates, typically printed with holiday designs and pre-folded at the factory.

On some German Christmas trees, the ornaments are made from cookie dough. Cookie cutters are used to make several, festive holiday designs.

The display will be at the German American Heritage Center through January 5th.  On that day, there will be a community open house from noon until 4pm. It is free to the public.