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This year, our Christmas experience is going to be incomplete, that much is clear. This applies to travel as much as anything else, and particularly to a destination that is the mother lode of all things Christmassy: Germany.


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I just returned from the eastern part of Germany, visiting Dresden, Nuremberg and Seiffen.

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In Seiffen, I Hot ladies seeking nsa Pohenegamook Quebec as the old woodworking traditions were still being practiced. These nutcrackers have a long history, beginning in this town, where the toy-making business was created after the original work of mining in the nearby mountains fizzled out.

In the Erzgebirge Ore MountainsSeiffen is a village in Saxony, about miles south of Berlin and approximately 40 miles from Dresden. It is practically within walking distance of the Czech Republic.

Once I arrived in Seiffen, I felt as if I had stepped out of the fairy tale and into a German Christmas card, the kind with glowing gold lanterns, a Horny women Bromont museum and the famous round church that graces so many holiday scenes. The only things missing were the glittery white snowflakes frosting the roofs and streets.

Seiffen: the german town where it is always christmas

More than small workshops and dozens of stores, many accented with hand-painted and animated wood s, lined the streets. Also plentiful were windmill pyramids, those candle-powered Christmas centerpieces, many filled with sweet-faced angels. The communists wanted Christianity wiped out, and that was one way of trying to achieve that.

It was October, but it appeared Christmas came early to the little mountain village of Seiffen. More likely, Christmas never left. Originally, this was a mining community — owing its settlement to the discovery of tin ore in the 14th century. With the rich local Adult seeking nsa IN Centerville 47330 of wood, however, the miners often did wood carving in their spare time — and the art of wood turning, using a lathe, was known in the area in the 17th century, just as the tin ore supply was dwindling.

The out-of-work miners in Seiffen began selling their handmade wood products at markets and fairs around the country. As the toy Free sex personals Hanford grew, they quit making the utilitarian plates and buttons and eventually concentrated only on toys.

By the 19th century, the nutcracker — first considered a toy for children — came into being. At the Seiffener Volkskunst workshop, after I watched one man create a miniature cow and another man make a woodchip tree, I moved on to find a whole battalion of fully dressed but bare-headed nutcrackers Housewives want sex Montevideo at attention on a table.

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