702 Steinbach Nutcracker Santa Claus
It was usually around the time of St.
Martin’s Day, when we would pay the tree money and determine, with the
help of the local forester exactly which part of the forest we would be
allowed to cut down our little Christmas trees each year.
This was of course the Christmas
season. it was also the time when many a Knecht Ruprecht in the village
went from house to house. Knecht Ruprecht is the quintessentially German
forerunner or precursor of Santa Claus and dates back already to
pre-Christian times. He in time took on the attributes of several
different Christmas 4igures” and is now a kind of combination Father
Christmas, Santa Claus and quasi- alter-ego to St. Nicholas. He is often
portrayed with a sack of sweets and goodies to reward the good children,
but also with a switch to punish the naughty children. For us children
the coming of Knecht Ruprecht was terribly impressive. Most of the time
he carried a sack full of apples, nuts and sweet candies. But every now
and again he would make use of his switch and mete out a good whipping
to illbehaved boys. Those were the days when we still had order and
discipline in our German lands!
Christmas Eve was of course on the 24th
of December. Presents were distributed early in the morning on Christmas
Day (Dec. 25th). Before that all the people would have already attended
the popular Midnight Mass. At midnight the people in our region came
with their miners’ lamps and lanterns. According to old miners’
tradition, a lighted flame was brought up on this night from the depths
of the earth to daylight. The trumpets sounded and all the people
solemnly raised their voices in truly awe-inspiring song to celebrate
the Birth of the Christ-Child with the traditional German Christmas
Carol: Alle Jahre wieder. ..
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