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YouTV | How to Watch German Films and TV Classics at Christmas Time

What would Christmas be without fairy tales – they belong to the Christmas season, like the Advent calendar, Christmas cookies or the festively decorated Christmas tree. Whether they are new films or old productions from DDR times – the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm in particular are still very popular. If you also want to watch German films and TV classics while living abroad – especially at Christmas time – we might have a simple solution for you: YouTV.

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Grandma Wanted – Living With a Granny Nanny

One of the biggest challenges for expat families living abroad is for sure the fact that friends and family are not living close by anymore – Skype or Facetime sessions have become integral parts of the weekly schedule. But when it comes to finding a babysitter, grandma and grandpa are sorely missed. Especially when both parents are working, and you need regular care.

With 12+ weeks of summer break, several snow days during wintertime, holidays and children getting sick every now and then, it appears even more impossible to follow a regular schedule for working mom and dads.

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Top 5 Aktivitäten in NYC zur Weihnachtszeit

Erlebe den Zauben von New York City in der Vorweihnachtszeit. Die ganze Stadt erstrahlt im weihnachtlichen Glanz, es riecht nach gebrannten Mandeln, und an jeder Ecke gibt es etwas anderes zu bestaunen. Wir haben für euch die “Top 5” Aktivitäten zusammengestellt, die ihr während der Vorweihnachtszeit mit der ganzen Familie erleben könnt.

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Deutsche und Zweisprachige Weihnachtsgottesdienste in NYC und Umgebung

Wenn für euch der Weihnachtsgottesdienst genauso zum Fest gehört, wie das „Christkind“ oder der „Weihnachtsmann“ selbst, haben wir hier eine kleine Zusammenstellung an Kirchengemeinden vorbereitet, die (teilweise in Zusammenarbeit mit Sprachschulen) einen deutschen oder zweisprachigen Weihnachtsgottesdienst anbieten:

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Die Schönsten Weihnachtsmärkte in New York und Umgebung

Weihnachtszauber in New York! Was gibt es Schöneres, als in der Vorweihnachtszeit über die Weihnachtsmärkte zu schlendern, Glühwein zu trinken und dabei noch das ein oder andere Geschenk zu entdecken… Auch hier gibt es inzwischen mehrere große und kleine Weihnachtsmärkte – wir haben euch eine Übersicht zusammengestellt:

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Thanksgiving in NYC – Macy’s Parade and More

Thanksgiving is around the corner. This is a day not yet celebrated in Germany, but it’s a major holiday in the United States. Originally a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest, it has become a popular holiday bringing families and friends together. One of the most exciting things to do on Thanksgiving in New York is the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a must-do not only for youngsters!

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Thinking About Hosting an Au Pair? Here are Some Basic Facts


Thinking about hosting an au pair?

Here are a few basic facts for international parents in the U.S.

In-home childcare is much more readily available in the US than in most parts of Europe. Especially for international parents hosting an au pair seems like the ideal childcare solution as au pairs can help assist in teaching an international parent’s language or bring a new language into the mix. Many families also love the cultural component of the program. For practical reasons hosting at au pair provides a lot of flexibility in terms of scheduling.

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Where & Why to get a flu shot in New York


While in Germany the flu shot is usually only recommend for children (6 months and up), people over 60, and high risk groups like pregnant women and those with chronic illnesses –  you almost can’t escape the flu shot mania living in New York…. As so many people live in one spot the risks of infection is much higher, so you should definitely think about the option.

The NYC Health Map is a fantastic resource to find out where you can go get a flu shot. It’s generally included in your health insurance plan.  Check with your insurance provider to see what they can get you and then use the list below!

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How to watch German TV shows in the US?

There are several options to get German TV programs into your living room. If you have kids growing up multilingual, carefully selected shows can be a great way to expand their vocabulary and understanding.

One option is YouTV, the first and only German legal online TV recorder accessible worldwide. German expats around the world can access almost the entire German TV program and record individual shows. By recording a show, it will be stored in a cloud and can be played back regardless of time zones at any time. Of course, this is also possible in HD on your SmartTV or your Roku device.

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5 Strände um NYC – Alles ohne Auto!

Wenn man an die Stadt New York denkt, sind Sandstrände nicht unbedingt das erste, was einem in den Sinn kommt.

Für den echten New Yorker gehören im Sommer Tage am Meer aber genauso dazu wie die Hochhäuser und der Central Park. Wenn man ein Auto hat, gibt es eine Menge Möglichkeiten von Montauk bis Cape May, aber auch ohne Auto kann man einige Strände gut besuchen.


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