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Simonswald Christmas Market

Simonswald Xmas

     In Simonswald, during Advent Christmas Markets open. Some of the most popular items at the Market are the Nativity Scene, known as crib (Krippe); Nutcrackers, candied, toasted almonds, assorted cookies such as Lebkuchen (gingerbread), Christstollen, sort of dry cake with candied fruit, and lots of hot mulled wine (Glühwein) with a shot of schnapps to keep the body warm in cold winter season.

     German immigrants (possible from Simonswald) brought the Christmas traditions to America and with it Christmas Markets, which are now events held in the USA as well. The american name for Santa Claus "Cris Cringle" is derived from from the German word Christkindl.

     Christmas has become the most significant holiday of the year in Simonswald. It is largely characterised by exchanging gifts within families. Christmas is a contraction version of Christ's Mass. Among early tribes is was common to sacrifice male animals. The modern custom, however, is to have small firs decorated with apples, nuts, pretzels and paper flowers and all other sorts of schnick-schnack. Wax candles have reportetly been used from the late 18th century onwards. In the early 19th century, the custom of christmas trees became popular among the nobility. In neighbouring France, the first Christmas tree was introduced in by the duchess of Orleans. Originally, Christmas trees were not brought into the home and decorated until 24. December and then removed the day after 6. January. Nowadays, the most common tradition in Simonswald's homes is to put the tree up right after mid December. Many shops put up public Christmas trees outdoors for everyone to enjoy as early as beginning of December. Be prepared to pay around 30 Euros for a nice Christmas tree sold at the Simonswald Christmas market.

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