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Wendt and Kühn's New Advent Calendar

Posted on December 01, 2016 | 0 Comments

This year, for the first time, Wendt and Kühn has created an on-line advent calendar. Each day one can visit their calendar to discover a favorite Wendt and Kühn figure.

Check it out, here... and move forward each new day of advent...

Such a fun way to celebrate all our favorite Wendt and Kühn figures - one of those extra special delights of Christmas.

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

'Tis the Season to Gather and Send Advent Calendars

Posted on October 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Advent Calendars are a special part of the Christmas season. From December 1 through Christmas Eve open a little door to discover an image or a biblical quote. They are simple and of an everlasting nature (spiritually and because they can often be reused year-in-year- out). They bring us a bit of "quiet time" amid all the hustle-bustle. 

Angels Looking After the Children

All of the advent calendars that we offer come, of course, from Germany. We try to add a significant selection of new ones each year.

Nativity Scene

 and rejoice in keeping as many of the standard classics as well.

Santa and Angel with Horse Drawn Sled

They make a perfect little gift for family and friends - add a touch of joy throughout the holiday season. Find our full selection here - German Advent Calendars .

 

Posted in Advent, Angels, Christmas Traditions, German Christmas, German Folk Art, German Traditions, Nativities, Santa

The Legend of the Christmas Spider - the Tradition of Tinsel

Posted on December 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

The story of the Christmas Spider appears in many different versions throughout central and eastern Europe. In all of them the spiders' webs, spun on Christmas Eve, turn to silver and are seen as the beginning of the beautiful tradition of hanging sparkling tinsel on your Christmas tree. The tinsel symbolizes a Christmas miracle from long ago. 

And, the Christmas Spider legend beckons us to give thanks to the industrious spiders by hanging a beautiful spider ornament in a special place on our trees.

In Germany, the legend has it that a poor woman was unable to provide the traditional decorations for the Christmas holiday. A spider, who had narrowly escaped the dust mop, made his home in her tree and began to spin beautiful webs. On Christmas morning, the first light of the day struck the cobwebs, turning them to silver. When the woman awoke, she found the tree covered with silver treasure - the spider had brought good fortune! And the tradition of hanging tinsel on one's Christmas tree was begun.

This Christmas, pair the Christmas Spider ornament from Inge-Glas with one of these two delightful children's books as a charming addition to your Christmas traditions.

Cobweb Christmas: The Tradition of Tinsel by Shirley Cimo with illustrations by Jane Manning - 

and

The Spider's Gift: A Ukrainian Christmas Story by retold by Eric A. Kimmel with illustrations by Katya Krenina 

There is nothing more special than adding a touch of folklore with a piece of Inge-Glas folk art to your Christmas.

Enjoy our Pinterest Board on Inge-Glas - here

 

Posted in Christmas Legends, Christmas Traditions, German Christmas, German Traditions, Inge-Glas

The Helbig Workshop Nativity - Your Way

Posted on December 09, 2015 | 0 Comments

The nativity set from the Emil Helbig Workshop, the oldest wood-carving work shop in the Erzgebirge (Germany's Christmas Capital), is without a doubt one of, if not the, finest hand-carved German nativity sets.

The joy of the Emil Helbig Workshop nativity is all the possibilities - rejoice in the complete set (above).

Choose a Helbig Nativity with a Bavarian stable (below) and a selection of nativity figures plus Bavarian accessories.

Choose the simplicity (below) of the Helbig Mary, Joseph, and Jesus with a hand-carved tree and a tree platform (both from the Erzgebirge).

or choose a set of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus (below)

When and if you want to add additional Helbig figures to your selection, we now offer all of them separately -

     the three kings

     the ox

     the donkey

     the sheep     

     the shepherds   

     and the camels     

We feel privileged to be able to offer the Emil Helbig nativity figures to you.  To find them in our shop - click here or on any of the photographs above.

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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 Christmas Traditions, Emil Helbig, Erzgebirge, German Christmas, German Folk Art, German Traditions, Nativities

Olde German Treasures Silver Gift Set from Inge-Glas

Posted on November 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

In our quest to create Inge-Glas gift sets - ones that meet all your gift needs, including smaller ones for a wedding or bridal shower present, we were particularly struck with the Silver ornaments from the Olde German Treasures collection. 

Inge-Glas Olde German Treasures celebrate both German tradition and art form. It was the style around 1900 for a tree to be decorated using only silver and white. To honor that tradition with their Olde German Tresures collection Inge-Glas carefully chose ornaments made from real antique, lovingly restored, old-glass blowing moulds. As always, Inge-Glas ornaments are mouth-blown and use pure sterling silver. 

For the bride and groom, the tradition is to present a  collection of good wishes .... symbols of a happy home to bring good fortune.  The ornaments come in an Inge-Glas gift box and have a symbol card explaining their importance:

Love Forever Heart - True Love - 3"
Olde German Companion Bird - Happiness and Joy - 5-1/2 long"
Silver Pine Cone - Motherhood and Fruitfulness - 4-3/4"

Our feeling was that they are simply elegant. As a gift, whether for a wedding, or a dear friend, they are classic, distinguished, and will always stand out on a tree - catching the light in much the same way that tinsel does.

To find the Silver Gift Set - click here or on the image above.  They are, indeed, rather irresistible!

 

Posted in Christmas Traditions, German Christmas, German Folk Art, German Traditions, Inge-Glas

Christmas Tree Finials from the Erzgebirge - A Tree to Top Your Tree

Posted on November 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

This year we have added several hand-shaved (spanbaum) wooden Christmas tree finials to our offerings. They are splendidly crafted in the Erzgebirge and we are ever so pleased to carry them.

These two tree toppers feature spanbaum trees that have been cut in half - the stars in the center are on both sides             

                 

  click on the image above or find here  

   click on the image above or find here 

The third is "three dimensional" with full spanbaum trees all around

find here

Trees atop your tree - they will naturally add a touch of majesty to your tree!

 

Posted in Erzgebirge, German Christmas, German Folk Art, German Traditions, Trees

An Anniversary Angel - Celebrating Wendt and Kühn's 100th

Posted on November 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

In commemoration of their 100th Anniversary (1915 - 2015) Wendt and Kühn gives us this very special Angel - to find her click here or on the image below...
Spreading Joy. For 100 Years.

She stands proud with the Musician Angels, beside your collection of Grunhainichen Angels, or even enjoyed in a Children's Parade

Add her to your collection - Celebrate Wendt and Kühns 100th - Spread the Joy!

 To follow our Wendt and Kühn Pinterest Board - click here

A wonderful gift at Christmas!

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