Monday, November 17, 2014

Giving Thanks for Tannenbaum Friends and Christkindl Angels ~ You Are All So Very Important !

Thanksgiving nears,
I have more
blessings than I can count.

As we draw nearer to the holidays,
we remember all our friends far and near. 
The bounties of our lives, hopefully outweigh our tribulations.
No matter the weather,
wind, snow, ice, or sunshine,
You'll find me at the Christkindlmarkt Tulsa 2014
This year December 5th, 6th, and 7th,
Friday, Saturday and Sunday  

What IS a Christkindlmarkt ? 
It's a
You might ask ... Well, here you go:
Some History of the Christkindlmarkt

What is a Christkindlmarkt ?  History shows, that at least since 1294, a Christkindlmarkt, Christkindlesmarkt, Christkindlmarket, and Weihnachtsmarkt, is the Christmas market associated with the celebration of Christmas during the four weeks of Advent. These markets originated in Germany, Austria, South Tyrol, North Italy and many French regions such as Alsace, Lorraine, and Savoy, but are now being held in many other countries.   The history of Christmas markets goes back to the Late Middle Ages in the German-speaking part of Europe and in many parts of the former Holy Roman Empire that includes many eastern regions of France and Switzerland.  Today popular Christmas Markets are held in United Kingdom, Germany, France, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, Denmark, Luxembourg, Holland, Spain, Poland, Sweden, Finland and some other parts of Europe, USA and Canada. Dresden's Strietzelmarkt was first held in 1434. The Christmas markets of Bautzen (first held in 1384), Frankfurt (first mentioned in 1393) and Munich (1310) Augsburg (1498) were even older.   The Vienna "December market" was  kind the forerunner of all Christmas markets and dates back to 1294.   

In many towns in Germany and Austria,
Advent is usually ushered in with the opening of the Christmas market or "Weihnachtsmarkt".   In southern Germany and Austria it is sometimes called a "Christkind(e)l(s)markt" this in the German language, literally meaning "Christ child market", in honor of the Infant Jesus, or Christ Child.

Generally held in the town square and adjacent pedestrian zones, the market sells food, drink, and seasonal items from open-air stalls, festively decorated with pine, holly and ivy, accompanied by traditional singing and dancing.  

Sometimes there will be live Christmas music at these festivals  and puppet shows for the children.  On opening nights (and in some towns more often) onlookers welcome the "Christkind"

(originally boy Jesus, but in modern days more often depicted as an angel-like girl), acted out by a local child. 

Popular attractions at the market include the Nativity Scene (a crèche or crib), Nussknacker (carved Nutcrackers),

Schmokermanli, Gebrannte Mandeln (candied, toasted almonds), traditional Christmas cookies such as Lebkuchen and Magenbrot (both forms of soft gingerbread), Stollen, Springerle, Marzipan, Bratwurst, and for many visitors one of the highlights of the market: Glühwein, or hot mulled wine . 

Mostly, we know, that Christmas is for children, as the old saying goes, and most often one can find sweets of all kinds and handmade toys for under the Tannenbaum or Christmas tree at the Christkindlmarkt.    

From wherever you come, we wish you a Frohe Weinachten and a wonderful day at the German American Society of Tulsa Christkindlmarkt !  
See You There !

In the tradition

and all


Children and their parents
Look to the Old Traditions ...
Keep them alive in your Heart and Home ~
Forget them not
Keep the light of Christmas going all year long
Tulsa has a Christkindlmarkt at the
German American Society of Tulsa
each year,
the first weekend of December !
Where I was born has had one for over 700 years !
Look forward to handmade handcrafted old fashioned items
for everyone on your Christmas list ~
Keep your holidays fresh and local, and I'll see you there !
Until then, shop from the comfort of home on eBay
with me 24 hours a day !
Thank YOU Always ! 

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