The Glückspilz (Lucky Mushroom) Tradition

Posted on November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

My Growing Traditions offers a selection of German Christmas ornaments depicting the Amanita muscaria Mushroom with its white-spotted bright red cap. Amanita muscaria (common name fly mushroom, or fly agaric), a toadstool, is toxic - dangerously poisonous - and should NEVER be tasted.

But, it should be enjoyed on your Christmas tree.

In the German and other European cultures, the mushroom is seen as a good-luck symbol - Glückpilz (Lucky Mushroom - colloquial "Lucky Duck, Dog, Devil, etc.") - and is "The Mushroom" of Christmas and the New Year, especially as a symbol of a blessing at the turn of the New Year. It honors a reverence of nature and the beauty of the forest - if you find one it is believed to bring you good fortune. It is acknowledged to be the most recognized mushroom on earth. This famous mushroom abounds in Christmas decorations, children's story books, and fairy tales.

As a good-luck symbol and a symbol respecting the beauty of nature the Amanita muscaria mushroom is a traditional ornament on German Christmas trees.

The Christian Ulbricht Workshop from the Erzgebirge, Germany - since 1928 - brings us three dear, wooden ornaments with an Amanita muscaria motif:

      

From left to right: Mushroom Man Wobbly, 1" Mushroom, and Christmas Wreath

Inge-Glas of Germany brings us a selection of Amanita muscaria glass Christmas ornaments:

   

         

These clip-on ornaments are extremely useful for Christmas decorating. Clip them on to advent wreaths, napkins, table decorations. They come in ever so handy for that extra touch.

From left to right: Mini Alpine Luck Mushroom, Mini Alpine Luck Mushroom with Flat Top, and Flat-Top Mushroom.

Particularly fun for the children in your family are Ulbricht's Mushroom Man Wobbly (above) and Inge-Glas' 

          

Milk and Kitty and Georgie the Gnome ... each is worthy of their own special spot on your tree.

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Add a little Glückpilz - Lucky Duck to your Christmas!

Posted in Christian Ulbricht, Christmas Legends, Christmas Traditions, Erzgebirge, Inge-Glas


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