My Illlustrated Travel Journal with Essays about Roman and Mediaeval History and some Geology

  Merry Christmas

I wish everyone a Blessed and Merry Christmas.

Christmas decoration in my sleeping room

I prefer handcrafted decorations; those angels are ceramic work from Sweden. Below is some traditional German craft from the Erzgebirge, a mountain area in eastern Germany long famous for its wood carving and turning crafts. Among the best known items they create are nutcrackers, Christmas pyramids, musical boxes, angels and other figures that are still made in small private craftsman's workshops. They also produce all sorts of wooden children's toys; there is a famous museum in Seiffen displaying toys from several centuries.

Advent decoration in my living room

The Erzgebirge was a mountaineering area since the 12th century. When less ore was to be found since the 17th century, people turned to other ways to make a living. Wood carving already had a tradition and there was no shortage in timber, so working with wood became a new source of income. The first products were everyday things like plates, spoons and whatnot, but over time, the people in the Erzgebirge specialised in toys and decorative art.

Snowman with trees, closeup

The spiral trees (made by wood turning) are something I collect. I try to get a new one every year.

If you want your very own spiral tree forest or nutcracker next Christmas, here is where you can order them.

Christmas decoration in my living room

The little nativity scene under the vase with fir green was carved in Israel. My late mother found it at a Christmas market in Braunschweig and gifted it to me. I never put out everything I have (I collected and inherited a good deal of decorative items) but that little nativity gets a place every year, usually together with the smallest spiral trees of my set.
If we celebrated xmas, which we don't, I too would go for traditional decorations. Looks good.
Thanks for the pictures. I always look forward to your posts. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.
The spiral trees are lovely. Have a very happy Christmas, and best wishes for the New Year!
Beautiful decoratins Gabriele! And a very Merry Christmas to you!
Merry Christmas, Gabriele!

Fröhliche Weihnachten!
I still follow your blog, Gabriele, and really enjoy your photos! You make history so interesting and inspiring!

Happy Holidays and best wishes for 2011,

Thank you, everyone.
Thank you for providing the link for the spiral trees. they are quite unique.

Merry Christmas, and all the best to you and your family today and into the New Year.
Frohe Weihnachten! Heute werde ich Glühwein trinken. :)
Glühwein is yummy. And I suppose pretty close to some of the spiced Mediaeval variants like claret.
I was amazed to receive two bottles of Glühwein for Christmas! My family knows I'm learning German, so lately they've been giving me random German stuff they find during their adventures--books, cards, signs, und so weiter. Irgendwann werde ich diese Dingen verstehen. :)
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The Lost Fort is a travel journal and history blog based on my travels in Germany, the UK, Scandinavia, and other places. It includes essays on Roman and Mediaeval history, as well as some geology, illustrated with photos of old castles and churches, Roman remains, and beautiful landscapes.

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I'm a blogger from Germany with a MA in Literature and History which doesn't pay my bills, so I use it to research blogposts instead. I'm interested in everything Roman and Mediaeval, avid reader and sometimes writer, opera enthusiast, traveller with a liking for foreign languages and odd rocks, photographer, and tea aficionado. And an old-fashioned blogger who hasn't yet gotten an Instagram account. :-)


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