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by Lee Santiva December. 16, 2019 149 views
Christmas decorations in Germany

Christmas decorations in Germany

The fun fact is that Germans do not decorate their houses with the decorations which Germans sell to tourists as "German Christmas decorations".

Germans decorate a lot with elks. Elks are very popular throughout southern Germany and Austria as home decoration and not just at Christmas time but throughout the year. Photo #1 is pretty typical of modern German Christmas decorations.

There's a very famous store with shops in Heidelberg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber (the two biggest tourist attractions near to where I live) called Käthe Wohlfahrt.

Kaethe Wohlfahrt Shop in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Kaethe Wohlfahrt Shop in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

They sell Christmas decorations (like photo# 3) to Asian and American tourists all year round.

German decorations popular only with tourists:  a hand-carved incense smoker

German decorations popular only with tourists: a hand-carved incense smoker

My mother was the queen of Christmas decorations. She would decorate the entire house and almost every surface of it.

Growing up we had one Christmas tree, but once she retired, she expanded to have a total of 7 trees. They were everywhere: small ones in the guest bathroom, in the kitchen and on side tables in living room and den in addition to the full-sized ones in those two rooms as well.

I contributed to her decoration obsession by giving her a traditional hand-made nutcracker or incense smoker figure from the Erzgebirge in Germany every year for Christmas until the fireplace mantel was full.

Traditional German handicrafts: Nutcrackers and incense smokers - loved by Americans

Traditional German handicrafts: Nutcrackers and incense smokers - loved by Americans

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Camellia Staab 3 months, 1 week ago

I have a few of those nutcrackers pictured above. BTW happy first Monday of retirement 😀

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Lee Santiva Replied to Camellia Staab 3 months, 1 week ago

Thanks - nice to have you back! 
After working approx 1500 Mondays in my life, it is truly awesome not to any more 😀

I won’t be able to really relax and catch up on Photoblog (like your Aussie series) until January.

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