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Wendt and Kuehn's New for 2019 Angels with Crown Ooze Charm

Posted on May 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

We have just received Wendt and Kuehn's new offering - three Angels with a Crown - and we find ourselves oohing and aahing.  They are simply delightful.

with Small Trumpet

                              

                        with Star and Fruit                        with Gift and Star

Their wings are blue with a flower on each wing. One can envision them leading a birthday parade or adding a simple, albeit colorful, touch to any celebration.

My Growing Traditions is Moving to Michigan

Posted on April 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

My Growing Traditions is having a spring adventure. We are moving from Maine to Ann Arbor, Michigan. We will be back online on 6 May. Anything ordered during this moving period will ship on 6 May.

We thank you for your patience!

 

 

Inge-Glas German Christmas Ornament Sale - Save 50%

Posted on January 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

You are going to want to take advantage of our Inge-Glas Christmas ornament Sale to add to your collection and save 50%. Inge-Glas of Germany is the oldest glass Christmas ornament company in the world (since 1596). Their ornaments are mouth-blown and hand-painted and they are simply exquisite!

Find the Sale here - Inge-Glas Christmas Ornament Sale - Save 50%.

Don't miss out!  

Posted in Angels, Birds, Christmas Legends, Christmas Traditions, Fairy Tales, German Christmas, German Folk Art, German Traditions, Gnomes and Pixies, Inge-Glas, Sale, Santa

Travel with your Globetrotter

Posted on January 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

Wendt & Kühn is offering a drawing for a prize of one of ten of the 2019 next Gold Edition Angel. Read the details below...

Globetrotter on tour

ONCE AROUND THE WHOLE WORLD …

Travel stands for a spirit of adventure and discovery, it opens our eyes and teaches us tolerance. Whether you are travelling near or far, to exotic lands or to find yourself. The new Gold Edition from Wendt & Kühn, the Globetrotter, aims to discover the world – accompanied by you! Simply photograph your Globetrotter in well-known locations or in front of tourist attractions around the globe and upload your picture directly to our website by 01 August 2019.

As a thank-you we will enter all participants into a prize draw to win one of ten examples of the next Gold Edition. Want to know more? You will find all the details here and see all the wonderful places the Globetrotter has discovered.

Find your Globetrotter here - Gold Edition No. 11. Grünhainichen Angel / The Globetrotter - with a 24-karat Gold-plated Suitcase.  

or the Globetrotter in a Splinter Box with a Gold-Plated Base.   

Good luck and Happy Travels!

Posted in Angels, German Folk Art, Wendt and Kühn

Happy New Year!

Posted on December 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

My Growing Traditions sends you wishes for the Happiest of New Years!

Posted in German Folk Art, Wendt and Kühn

Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings!

Posted on December 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Tasha Tudor
and a Happy New Year!

Posted in Christmas Traditions, Trees

The Santons Come Marching In... by Thomas Kern

Posted on December 09, 2018 | 0 Comments

A Swiss nativity scene with a French touch - by Thomas Kern, pictures and text.

as published in swissinfo.ch - This is such a special celebration of a Santons Christmas, one cannot help but share the magic.

"Joseph, Mary, and the Christ Child are joined by common folk in a priceless nativity scene on show in northern Switzerland."          

All alone, but not for long       

     All alone, but not for long             Putting the animals in position           

"The nativity scene has been put together under the expert direction of art historian Rudolf Velhagen. Velhagen, head of the historical collection at the Museum Aargau, discovered the nativity figurines, 'Santons', while teaching art history in Marseille, and decided to bring them to Switzerland."

          

            The people of Provence                 Creating the background by hand

"Made by the late French artist Marcel Carbonel, the Santons include not only the usual nativity figures, but common folk from a cross-section of Provençal society. There's a baker, knitting grandmother, fishmonger, vagabonds and men and women in traditional costume."

               

           There's room for a shepherd....Putting together a nativity is much like  putting together a train set.

"Velhagen has over 60 figurines in his collection. Each Santon has its place, representing society in its entirety and without any direct reference to the nativity story. An important source of inspiration for the figurines was the 'Lettres de mon moulin' by the French writer Alphonse Daudet (1840 - 1897), who describes happy and sad events."

          

     They've arrived... Joseph and Mary       The Three Kings are on their way

"The figurines are placed in reference to political or social conditions, while the traditional Santons - the shepherds, angels and the Three Kings - are moved each day, slowly approaching the birthplace of the Christ Child."

          

     An angel has a prominent place....            As does a baker

          

         The landscape of Provence                 Missing Jesus... who arrives

                                                                             Christmas morning!

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

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