Deer with Flower Child / Emil Helbig 85th Anniversary Jubilee Figure

Posted on January 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

We are privileged to offer a limited stock of this very special figure offered by the Helbig workshop in honor of their 85th Anniversary - the Jubilee Figure was created only in 2019.


In a wood chip box and on a wood base the flower child leads the Deer through the countryside.

4" tall by 5-3/4" wide.

The deer has a bell around his neck and carries two packsacks of flowers.

Hand-carved. Hand-painted.

Created in the Erzgebirge, Germany. 

Each box is numbered. And we are fortunate to have ones that are in the teens and 20s.

Emil Helbig Workshop - since 1933
Grunhainichen - A Toy Makers Village
Oldest Woodcarving Workshop in the Erzgebirge
Three generations strong - Celebrating the native Linden Tree
Winner of the 2007 Erzgebirge Craftsman and Toy Makers Association
Award for Outstanding Care in  Preserving the Erzgebirge Tradition
Unique - Original - Elegant

Posted in Emil Helbig, Erzgebirge, German Folk Art

Merry Christmas

Posted on December 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Posted in Angels, Christmas Traditions, Erzgebirge, German Christmas, German Folk Art, Wendt and Kühn

Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf brought to us by Wendt and Kühn

Posted on December 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Little Red Riding Hood is on her way to her Grandmother's house, bringing her a lovely basket of cake, something special to drink, and some beautiful flowers.


Yes, she is a truly favorite fairy tale known to all of us - yet, at the same time bringing good cheer, she makes a delightful addition to any special occasion.

She is new in 2019, stands 2" tall, and comes with a Wendt and Kühn Presentation / Gift Box.

Grete Wendt loved the world of fairy tales and used her fascination for them to create a whole series of delightful figurines. One of them is Little Red Riding Hood and a companion piece of the Big Bad Wolf. 


Other names for the story are: "Little Red Riding hood," "Little Red Cap," or simply "Red Riding Hood." 

"Little Red Riding Hood is a European fairy tale whose origins can be traced back to the 10th century to several European folk tales. One of the best known versions was written by the Brothers Grimm. 

Little Red Riding Hood is named after her red hooded cape/cloak. She walks through the woods to deliver food to her sickly grandmother (wine and cake depending on the translation). In the Grimms' version, her mother had ordered her to stay strictly on the path.

The Big Bad Wolf wants to eat her and the food in the basket. He secretly stalks her behind trees, bushes, shrubs, and patches of little and tall grass. He approaches Little Red Riding Hood, who naively tells him where she is going. He suggests that the girl pick some flowers as a present for her grandmother, which she does. In the meantime, he goes to the grandmother's house and gains entry by pretending to be the girl. He swallows the grandmother whole (in some stories, he locks her in the closet) and waits for the girl, disguised as the grandma.

When the girl arrives, she notices that her grandmother looks very strange. Little Red then says, 'What a deep voice you have!' ('The better to greet you with,' responds the wolf), "Goodness, what big eyes you have!" ('The better to see you with,' responds the wolf), 'And what big hands you have!' ('The better to hug/grab you with,' responds the wolf), and lastly, 'What a big mouth you have' ('The better to eat you with!,' responds the wolf), at which point the wolf jumps out of bed and eats her, too. Then he falls asleep. 

In the Grimm's German version a  hunter comes to the rescue with an axe, and cuts open the sleeping wolf. Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother emerge unharmed. They fill the wolf's body with heavy stones. The wolf awakens and attempts to flee, but the stones cause him to collapse and die." - Wikipedia

Beginning in 2017 and over the next few years Wendt and Kühn will release a new fairy tale figurine every fall to add to the joy. Cinderella is the first in the series, Star Magic - the Sterntaler Girl - is the second, and Red Riding Hood is the third.

Click here for the companion pieces - The Big Bad Wolf and the Little Red Riding Hood Jig-saw Puzzle.


All Made in Germany
Wendt and Kühn of Grünhainichen, Germany,
a "Toymakers Village"- since 1915 
Imaginative, unique, elegant, and delicate
figurines from a traditional workshop -
meticulously hand-crafted by 155 artisans -
80 are painters,
but only four (4) paint faces.
Winner of the 1937 World's Fair, Paris
Gold Medal - Grand Prix
Simply Exquisite!
A more than special addition to your collection!

Posted in Fairy Tales, German Folk Art, German Traditions, Wendt and Kühn

Carbonel Santons SALE - SAVE 30%: Stable with Trees - Size # 2 / Elite

Posted on December 06, 2019 | 0 Comments

SALE - Carbonel Santons Stable with Trees / Size #2 - Elite / SAVE 30%

Classic Stable with Trees -– Étable No. 2 bis avec arbres.

The stables we have are with either blue or green doors

Stable measures 16" wide, 11-1/2" deep, and 8" high 

Size #2 / Elite (the 2-3/4 inch - 7 cm size)

This is the perfect time to wrap your Santons collection in a home!

Santons Marcel Carbonel
Since 1935
The Premier Santons Workshop
Marseille, France

Posted in Carbonel Santons, Christmas Traditions, French Christmas, Nativities, Provence Christmas, Trees

Brück and Sohn Advent Calendars - European Cities and More - Limited Supplies Available

Posted on November 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Brück and Sohn (Printers in Meissen, Germany 1793-2018) celebrate European cities and culture with their exquisite Advent Calendars. After honoring their 225th anniversary in October 2018, the 7th generation, Annette and Helmut Brück, retired, closing their doors. An era has come to an end.

My Growing Traditions has scavenged where we could and replenished our inventory in hopes of being able to make them available to you as long as possible. We do have limited supplies available.

Here we present a few customer favorites - 


Stuttgart, Germany

Colmar, Alsace, France

Graz, Austria

Victorian Playroom

Christmas Tree Mischief     

The Brücks continue to memorialize the history of their company and offer a small museum and postcard archive which are preserved in Meissen and which are open to the public by appointment.  

Given our limited supplies we recommend you secure yours now. You can click on the photos and titles above, or click here: to find the entire collection 


Posted in Advent, Brück and Sohn, Christmas Traditions, French Christmas, German Christmas, German Folk Art, German Traditions

Girl with a Christmas Rose / New 2019

Posted on November 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

Every year Wendt and Kühn delights us with a new Flower Child (Blossom Kinder). As always, they have given us a most delightful child.


The Girl with Christmas Rose is 5-1/4" tall and comes with a Wendt and Kühn Presentation / Gift Box

The Christmas Rose (Helleborus niger) is an evergreen plant with dark leathery pedate leaves carried on stems 9–12 in (23–30 cm) tall. The large flat flowers, borne on short stems from midwinter to early spring, are generally white. The plant is a traditional cottage garden favorite because it flowers in the depths of winter. 

Helleborus niger is commonly called the Christmas rose, due to an old legend that it sprouted in the snow from the tears of a young girl who had no gift to give the Christ child in Bethlehem.

She along with many other new Wendt and Kühn figures for 2019 is ever so special. We invite you to enjoy this year's additions by clicking here: 2019 Wendt and Kühn collection.

A new annual Special Edition Series from Wendt and Kühn to Celebrate Advent and Saint Nicholas Day

Posted on October 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Wendt and Kühn is creating a new annual special edition series, meant to be a small, perfect, yet precious gift for Advent or Saint Nicholas Day (December 6).

For 2019 they give us a charming Angel on a Star at 2" tall. The Angel is similar to the legendary Angel 28 designed by Grete Wendt even before Wendt and Kühn was founded. The Angel has a special label on the underside of its base with the words "Zum Weihnachtsfest 2019" (For Christmas 2019) and comes in the Green and Gold Wendt and Kuehn presentation box.

Angel on a Star 
A truly extraordinary gift! 



Posted in Advent, Angels, Christmas Traditions, German Christmas, German Folk Art, German Traditions, Wendt and Kühn

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