Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Finding St. Nicholas
at the Schönbrunn Christmas Market

Christmas Tree Ornament
of St. Nicholas,
hand-crafted n the Ore Mountains -
Erzgebirge - in Germany,
photographed at the
Schönbrunn Christmas market

Today is the feast day
of St. Nicholas who may well be
many Austrian children's favorite saint:
He is supposed to bring chocolates,
almonds, walnuts and clementines
on the of eve of his feast day
to all the children who have been (fairly)
good throughout the year.

The ->St. Nicholas Center webpage
has more about this special children's day
in Austria. You'll also find pictures
of ->St. Nikolaus visiting the village
of St. Nikola by the Danube river

You'll find out more
about the wooden Christmas ornaments
handcrafted in the Erzgebirge in this
-> video produced in and about Seiffen,
the official German Christmas Village

Enjoy! :-)


  1. St Nicolas is also celebrated in Eastern France (in Alsace and in Lorraine) and in Northern France.

    A character well known by all the children in those areas, as well as "Le Père Fouettard" (= The Whipping Father)!!!
    Many celebrations are taking place there too in towns, villages, homes and schools...
    Not in my corner though ...

    HAVE A NICE DAY !!! Hope you've been good all the year through so that you can get sweeties and choccies and keep away from the whip !!!

  2. Marie-Noëlle,
    thank you for enriching our knowledge about St. Nicholas celebration throughout Europe!
    I decided to republish an old post bad pictures included - for the fun of it!
    Enjoy the day,

  3. sigh - definitely missing vienna now as holidays come closer. also, there is no gluwein to be found ANYWHERE here! i will have to make a pot tomorrow. Maybe an ode to all the gluwein stands could be a next holiday post :) I could imbibe through photography.

  4. Sounds like a great celebration.

  5. How futuristic!
    Yr 1st post says THURSDAY Dec 12, 2012
    what are you drinking? I want some..
    Please go to that adorable candy shop with the great packaging..can't remember the name rt now but it will come to me by 2012...ahem

  6. Love the ornament! Enjoy your holiday!

  7. The New Diplomat's Wife:
    Will try to! :-)

    Paris Breakfasts:
    Now, that is a true miracle!!!!
    I wonder how that is possible.
    Miracle worker, somewhere???

    Thank you all for your kind comments! :-)

  8. I love that ornament :)
    We're going to have a Christmas tree for the first time in YEARS... Still looking for fun (but understated, preferably) things to hang ;)

  9. Yvonne,
    I made many gingerbread figures for our first Christmas trees, painting details with Royal Icing.

  10. I've hardly given a thought to Christmas, you are reminding me of all the jobs I need to do.


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