Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tomorrow Starts the German Market Christmas Christkindlmarkt at the GAST Haus in Tulsa ! December 2, 3, and Open Sunday the 4th 12-5 !

Come One Come All !  
Tomorrow Morning, 
December 2nd   10am ~ 7 pm 
 Doors open at the Tulsa Christkindlmarkt
for Three Wonderful Days  !

Merry Christmas !   

Handmade Earrings, Toys, Ornaments and More
at the Tulsa Christkindlmarkt !

14th and South Terrace Drive Tulsa Oklahoma

Schmokermanli and Toyland Original German Toys for Sale at the Tulsa Christkindlmarkt ~ Christa Knecht awaits you ! 

14th and South Terrace Drive Tulsa Oklahoma

The GAST Haus ~ 14th and South Terrace Drive Tulsa Oklahoma 

What Is the Christkindlmarkt ?  
 It’s a very old European Christmas Tradition !    Here is some history of Christkindlmarkts :

 History shows, that at least since 1294, a Christkindlmarkt, Christkindlesmarket, KristkindMarkt,
otherwise known as a Christ Child Market  (various European spellings) or Weihnachtsmarkt ~ has been the Christmas Market associated with the celebration of Christmas during the four weeks of Advent before Christmas.    ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

 In many towns in Germany and Austria, Advent is ushered in with the opening of the Christmas market or “Weihnachtsmarkt” and the celebration of the Christkind.   

In many villages in southern Germany and Austria it is called a “Christkind(e)l(s)markt” ~ this is 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 stalls sell 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 from very earliest tradition, for the children.  On opening nights (and in some towns more often) onlookers welcome the “Christkind” (originally a boy ~ Jesus ~ but in modern days more often depicted as an angel-like girl) acted out by a local young lady.  Popular attractions as the market include the Nativity Scene (a creche or Krippe ) Nussknacker (nutcracker) Schmokermanli (woodcut men with pipes that burn scents of Christmas) Gebrannte Mandeln (candied, toasted almonds) traditional Christmas cookies such as Lebkuchen and Magenbrot (both forms of soft gingerbread), Stollen (a Christmas bread filled with marzipan and candied fruits ~ excellent with hot coffee for Christmas Eve or Morning ) Springerle Cookies, Marzipan (ground almond paste for baking and candy) Bratwurst,Wienerschnitzel, Potato Pancakes, Apfelstrudel, and Coffee.  For many visitors one of the highlights of the market is Gluhwein, or hot mulled wine.  The visitors walk from stall to stall, often in the snow and bitter cold, enjoying their food, the music, and shopping for handmade treasures, ornaments, toys, knit and crocheted items and greeting their friends.   
These markets originated in Germany, Austria, South Tryrol, North Italy, many French regions such as Alsace, Lorraine, Savoy and Saxony, but are now being held in many other countries.  Dresden’s Strietzelmarkt was first held in 1434.  The Christmas markets of Bautzen were first held as early as 1384!  Frankfurt Germany, the birthplace of this writer, had a Christmas market first mentioned in 1393 ! And the birthplace of the sister of this writer ~ Munich, had a market mentioned in 1310 !  The Vienna, Austria “December Market” was the forerunner of all Christmas markets and dates back to 1294.  The writer’s daughter was able to visit this market in 2010 ~ almost 700 years from the earliest recorded market !   Actually, she reports that Vienna has a number of Christkindlmarkts!   
The history of the Christmas markets goes back to the Late Middle Ages in the German speaking portions of and in many parts of the former Holy Roman Empire that included eastern regions of France and Switzerland.  Today popular Christmas Markets are held in the United Kingdom, Germany France, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Ukraine, Scandinavia, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Slovenia, Luxembourg, Holland, Spain, and many other parts of Europe. There have now been Christkindlmarkts in German speaking communities across the United States and Canada as well!   Chicago and Pennsylvania have large markets we have heard.
 The Christkindlmarkt is a market where people can come to find gifts to share with friends and family, in the tradition of giving, as Christ gave the highest gift to each of us.  
 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 Christmas tree at the Christkindlmarkt each year.
From wherever you come, I wish you a “ Frohe Weihnachten “ and a wonderful day at the German American Society of Tulsa Christkindlmarkt !


14th and South Terrace Drive Tulsa Oklahoma 

Downstairs is the Backerei at the German Society of Tulsa Christkindlmarkt ! 

Rain, Snow, Sleet or Shine ~ the GAST Haus
in Tulsa is a Friendly Place !  

Food and Friendship at the Tulsa Chriskindlmarkt

Salz und Pfeffer ! 

North Country Forget Me Nots ~ Alaska ~ Photo by Karla taken the Weekend of the Wedding of Erik and Svenja 

Frohliche Weihnachten !

Get your own ORIGINAL Gemstone Tannenbaum Tree Earrings
at the Tulsa Christkindlmarkt ! 

Christmas is for Children of All Ages ! 

In Memory of Edna Shoeman

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