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About us

About us How it all began – the origins of the German Christmas Museum in Rothenburg ob der Tauber Shortly after the opening of Käthe Wohlfahrt’s now world famous “Christmas…

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Advent wreaths

World War that the Advent wreath generally established itself as a component of the Advent tradition. In contrast to the earlier forms, the Advent wreaths common today only carry four…

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Nutcrackers

…Erzgebirge nutcracker turned on a lathe, in the style so famous today, was created around 1865 in the workshop of Wilhelm Friedrich Füchtner (1844-1923) when trying to reproduce the nutcracker…

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Christmas

…Eve”, which is packed with lots of customs in Germany. The German word for Christmas “Weihnachten” first appeared in 1180/90 where it was used in a poem written in Middle…

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Advent calendars

…  The first Advent calendars were published in numbered editions. Although sales were rather slow to start with and the first World War initially stopped the popularisation of the Advent…

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Pewter

Pewter Pewter was particularly popular for decorating Christmas trees during the so called “Gründerzeit” era, which covered roughly the third quarter of the 19th Century. Christmas tree decorations were predominantly…

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Father Christmas and Santa Claus

Father Christmas and Santa Claus Father Christmas is probably the most famous figure of Christmas customs today worldwide. He first appears in the 19th century as part of the development…

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Gift bringers

…Catholic pre-Reformation Saint Nicholas. Read more Santa Claus Santa Claus is probably the most famous figure of Christmas customs today worldwide. Read more Companions The gift bringers are often assisted…

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Schwibbogen

…crafts in the Erzgebirge. The Schwibbogen has the “Feieromd Exhibition” in 1937 in Schwarzenberg to thank for its fame today, as it was looking for something typical from the western…

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Leonic wire

…mainly used to produce tinsel angels as well as to replace gold leaf for festive decorations, e.g. nuts. This kind of tinsel is not produced any more today. Lametta (the…