SUNDAY POST: CHRISTMAS
Jakesprinter’s challenge this week offers an additional opportunity to post something in keeping with my month-long theme “Visions of the Holidays”. See other entries on Jake’s site here.
It’s December the 23rd and I still had to shop for a Christmas gift to give to my neighbor and friend, Gerda. She has been celebrating Christmas with my family ever since her husband died on his birthday, December 25,2007. This year I had a hard time trying to think of a gift for her.
When I went to get my picture taken with Santa today, I stopped at one of the chalets located in the middle of a new Traditional European Holiday Market in downtown Pittsburgh. Each chalet was operated by different merchants carrying hand-made and fresh-baked crafts from around the world.
Gerda is German and I thought I would get her something from the Old German Christmas Shop. The shop contained authentic hand-blown and hand-painted glass ornaments crafted by artisans in Germany for over 150 years. Below is what I found.
According to the tag that came with this ornament, this mouth blown and hand-painted glass ornament has been created in keeping with the age-old German family traditions. The legend of the Christmas Pickle. This is a tradition that starts many years ago. The Christmas tree was decorated with glass balls and ornaments. Among these decorations one special pickle ornament was carefully placed within the boughs of the tree. On Christmas morning, the first child who found the pickle gets an extra Christmas gift. See more information here and here.
For over five thousand years now, incense, just like gold, spices and gems have always been some of the most precious gifts that were given to kings and emperors. It has also been closely connected with religion. In fact, the bible mentions the Three Wise Men offering gold, frankincense and myrrh. The festivity of the Three Wise Men is still celebrated in Germany every year on January 6th. See more information here and here.
I purchased this smoker, which represents an electrician ( which was Gerda’s profession ) along with a box of incense cones. The cones are placed on the pipe in the smokers mouth and then lit. It is important to place the smoker on a fireproof base. I have this one on my tree just to show you.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!