Today is St. Nikolaus Day (variously spelled ). He has developed from the robed and mitred bishop into Father Christmas and now the Weihnachtsmann here. Sometimes you see him partially or fully Americanized in red and white short suit and cap.
|Pictures from various catalogues here.|
|This is an old ornament gotten when Maria was a baby.|
On this day here people give Chlaus (pron, Klowss, not Klawz) bags as gifts. They are typically filled with traditional cookies, various nuts and fruit (esp. apples and oranges, because people in old times had stored apples at this time of year and oranges were very exotic), and sundry sweets.
|Zimtstern, Bärentatzen, Brunsli, Willisauer Ringli, Manderinli, Spanischnüsse, Walnuss, Schoggliherzli, etc.|
If one is lucky his bag will be brought by the Saint himself, in his bishop's robes, and - less lucky if you had not pristine behavior throughout the year - black-robed Schmutzli will be with him carrying switches. They haven't come to our house in awhile, but the bags somehow get here every year.
Also at this time one indulges in Grittibänze, bread-shaped men with accoutrements. They came to our table, too.
As it happens, yesterday was the annual St. Barbara Day shooting competition, with pistols, in Adliswil. Each participant gets a
Today's Jesse Tree figure is Shem. As one of Noah's three sons, he is the progenitor of the Semitic peoples that inhabited the middle east between Asia and Europe. One of his lines of descent became the Children of Israel from whom Jesus descended, after which that line was mostly dispersed and amalgamated because of their unbelief. But before that, God did keep his promise and a remnant even in the Captivity. The picture shows also the other two sons of Noah, because their descendants, too, all people in all the earth, are included in the children of promise, by faith, though not in physical bloodline.
Verses for today:
Genesis 6: 8 - 10; 7: 15, 23; 9: 18, 19; 11: 10, 11
Luke 3: 36
Today's windows showed St Nicholas in one calendar,
and in the other, the story book for today
|"Manntje, Manntje, Timpe Te, Buttje, Buttje in der See, meine Frau, die Ilsebill, will nicht so, wie ich wohl will," said the fisherman each time his wife nagged him to ask for more.|
Blessings on your Sunday. ENJOY.