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Weihnachtswichtel und Nikolaus

These little Christmas creatures my mom and I made for the local winter market. They were sold out very quickly, and the money will be donated to a children's home and care center in the vicinity.

 

I really enjoyed making these. The one with the beard is a Nikolaus, who brings lots of sweets, apples, nuts and candy to good German children on Dec 6th (sometimes 5th), and the other guy is a "Wichtel", something like a little friendly imp that helps Santa Claus or the "Christkind" deliver the presents or prepare for Christmas in general.

 

They both sit in front of a mini advent calendar with little holiday pictures behind the doors.

We also made another kind of Wichtel, and chimney sweepers for good luck (for New Year's)

 

Check out the links to Wikipedia if you are interested in German Christmas tradition and gift bringers :)

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Uploaded on December 4, 2006