Welcome to Traditional Reflections Barvaren Pewter Christmas Bell, Photo by Robert Lee Eberhardt, III
"A Traditional German Christmas Market!"
Traditional Christmas Market Items on a Christmas Tree We offer a beautiful collection of traditional German Christmas Market Items produced for us by the Arts and Crafts Guild in Germany. The type of things that you wished you had purchased on that trip while traveling in Germany and if you have never been to a Christmas Market you should go one day soon. You will enjoy collecting the items for many years to come!

You are invited to view or items such as hand-crafted Bavarian Pewter, classic Fröbel Stars hand-made by our very on designer Robert Lee Eberhardt, III, featured in the book "Christmas with Country Living 2000" ISBN: 0-8487-1960-3. Foil Stars from Nül;rnberg, very unique Straw Stars handcrafted in the original traditional manner, beautiful hand painted wax hearts and stars produced from original cookie moulds dating from 1840, German Tin Toys, Wooden Musical Angels, Nutcrackers, Smokers, Carved Nativities from Germany and Italy, along with Wooden Christmas Decorations. Fond memories of traditional favorites!
The German Christmas Markets, also known to many people as Weihnachtsmärkte or Christkindlmärkte, have been a fixture of Germany 's Advent season for more than 500 years.They originate from Dresden and were first mentioned in 1434, while other Christmas Markets throughout Germany are nearly as old; when the duke first allowed a meet market the day before Christmas Eve people have been able to buy their "Festtagsbraten." German Fröbel Stars hand-crafted by our staff Designer Robert Lee Eberhardt, III
Over the years German artisans members of the Arts and Crafts Guilds joined the market and also poor people have used the market to earn some money with their cottage-made handicrafts starting to make them as early as ten months before the Christmas Market starts.

In the year 1471 the city of Dresden distributed baked fruit loaves called “Stollen" (=Striezel), a special Christmas cake, In those days nobody could have thought that this Christmas market and the tradition of making "Stollen" would ever turn out to be so popular with millions of people and travelers' who visit the various Christmas markets. This is really something special: standing quietly with a cup of warming "Glühwein" (mulled wine) in your hand looking over the Christmas market where it seems that everybody is driven by the same strange, special emotions. Other delicious food items are found and beloved by Christmas markets goers such as Bratwurst (fried sausages), gebrannte Mandeln (roasted almonds), and Lebkuchen (gingerbread), a spicy cookie. The recipe for Lebkuchen is a treasured secret and includes nuts, eggs, honey, sugar, flour, and cardamom, clove, cinnamon, and coriander. The spices represent a time when Nürnberg was a center for the spice trade.

Large Silver/Gold Hedgehog Foil Star A German Christmas Market Favorite, Photo by Robert Lee Eberhardt, III There is a Christmas market in nearly every German cities, ranging in size and atmosphere from one to two booths in small town and villages, decorated with pine branches and lanterns, to the commercial excitement and consciously cultivated magical atmosphere that surrounds the big markets in major cities.

Nearly 40 Christmas markets, mostly found in big cities, of Germany such as Munich , Stuttgart , Berlin and Hamburg , and in midsize and small towns ranging from Affing and Aichach to Zweibrücken and Zwingenberg.

These markets offer baked goods, sweets and toys and feature local and regional specialities. Augsburg: This "Christkindlesmarkt" is one of the most atmospheric markets in Bavaria .  Dresden: "Striezelmarkt", the oldest Christmas market founded in 1434 offers Hand carved Erzgebirgsfiguren (figurines from the Iron Ore Mountains) are the specialty there, miners, pyramids, nutcrackers and Rauch- (Räucher-) männchen (smokers).

Leipzig: one of the oldest and most traditional in Germany.  Stuttgart: also known as one of the oldest Christmas markets but one that is the biggest and most atmospheric in all of  Europe and Rothenburg o.d.T. Christmas market is open throughout the year.

 

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