645 Steinbach Nutcracker Father Christmas
Christmas (Limited Edition: 7.500)
Different lands, different
customs! Such is the case in America with the legendary age-old
traditional Father Christmas figure. Characteristically pictured wearing
a pointed hooded cap trimmed in fur and boughs of holly, he is borrowed
from the mythology of English-Irish cultural lore. (The custom of
kissing under the mistletoe also stems from this English-Irish cultural
heritage.) In addition, Father Christmas is portrayed as the bringer of
gifts and toys for children the whole world over. And of course, a
little bit of snow from the North Pole is needed to complete the picture
of Father Christmas, who represents the rebirth or renewal of life even
in the dead of winter.
Indeed, in Frankenmuth, Michigan, the
world-renowned Bronner Family has brought back something truly unique to
the USA. It is a true-to-life, actual size replica of the
Silent-Night-Chapel in Austria. It was here in 1818 that Franz
Gruber hurriedly composed the famous Christmas song that spanned the
globe: Silent Night, Holy Night...based on the lyrics written by J.
Mohr. It has been translated into many, many different languages, but it
still remains the same unforgettably beautiful Christmas melody.
And so we prepare ourselves for the
arrival of Father Christmas, who in his kind and gentle way, brings
something to each and everyone of us to add to our emotional and
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