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

Wendt and Kühn's Sterntaler Girl / Star Magic / Star Money - New for 2018 - A Symbol of Humanity

Posted on October 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

New for 2018, Wendt and Kühn brings us their latest fairytale figure, the Sterntaler Girl / Star Magic - a symbol of humanity.

       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 the Sterntaler Girl - Star Money / Star Magic. Sitting in a moonlit glade, the Sterntaler Girl spreads out her apron. When stars fall from the heavens and turn into coins it is fairy tale time at Wendt and Kühn. 

A Grimm's Fairy Tale, the Star Talers, "An unnamed, orphaned girl is poor and homeless; she has only her clothing and a loaf of bread that a kindhearted soul has given her. She is a goodhearted person, however, and so she goes out into the countryside to see what might happen. She gives a hungry man her bread, and to three cold children she gives her cap, her jacket, and her dress. After wandering into a  forest, she sees a naked child begging for a shift, and since it is dark and she cannot be seen, she gives her own shift away. As she stands there with nothing left at all, suddenly stars fall to earth before her, becoming talers [brightly shining coins], and she finds herself wearing a new shift of the finest linen. The story ends with her being rich." - Wikipedia


Illustration by Heinrich Voegeler

"This fairy tale was particularly popular before the first World War as it symbolized the compassionate man who helps others even when he apparently has nothing himself.  Grete Wendt first designed the Sterntaler Girl in 1930.

Now nearly a century later she still stands for compassion, modesty, and care for others. Those values are today more important than ever. The Sterntaler Girl is a symbol for humanity, one of the reasons Wendt and Kühn chose this particular fairy tale to continue the fairy tale collection in 2018" - Wendt and Kühn

She is also available in a 24-piece jigsaw puzzle - find it here.

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 and the Sterntaler Girl is the second.

You will definitely want to add this very special piece to your collection.

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

Emil Helbig Wood Carvers - Enchanting!

Posted on November 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Three generations strong (1933-present) the Emil Helbig Workshop in Grunhainichen, the Erzgebirge, Germany, is the oldest wood carving workshop in the Ore Mountains. This year we have expanded our offerings considerably, with fairytales


children      Easter, and more.  

Their art is distinctive and elegant in its simplicity.

The exceptional Folk Art of the Emil Helbig Workshop has thrived over the years, suffering through the stark demands of the communist period, and then flourishing again since 1991 in the hands of Emil's son, Walter, enjoying a rebirth of the classic wood-carvings established by Emil himself. Their woodcarvings are created with a simple precision - the essence of the figure is revealed with a few, precise cuts. The native basswood, a bright, simply grained wood, is vital, accentuating the charm of the carvings through the final step - the full splendor of color. The art is in the omission! Emil Helbig's creative spirit lives on.

A celebration of humanity, from the figures created to the creators themselves, they are simply dear!


Posted in Emil Helbig, Erzgebirge, Fairy Tales, German Folk Art

Gingerbread House Fairy Tale Advent Calendar

Posted on October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

We are ever so pleased to be able to offer this German Gingerbread House Advent Calendar.


Glitter-dusted and 3-Dimensional, this special Advent Calendar folds out to form a Gingerbread House.  It sets up very nicely in the middle of a table so that the children can easily enjoy it from all sides. A wonderful holiday table centerpiece.

Three Fairy Tales are seen on the sides of the house: Hansel and Gretel, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and the Bremen Town Musicians. The calendar stands 8" high x 9.5" wide x 5" deep and is made in Germany.

My Growing Traditions also offers Hansel and Gretel, the Wicked Witch, and an Inge-Glas ornament of the Gingerbread House itself.


We also carry Inge-Glas' Snow White and the Seven Dwarf ornaments 

and a wonderful wood carving of the Grimms' Fairy Tales Bremen Town Musicians by the Christian Werner Workshop of Seiffen, Germany.


Enjoy a Fairy Tale Christmas! 





Posted in Advent, Christian Werner, Fairy Tales, German Christmas, German Folk Art, Inge-Glas