Ackerhaus betthaupt, painted folk art

Traditional painted furniture, the “Bauernmöbel”

Cover photo above: Work of a Peony Rose painter anno 1784, a painted headboard in the Ackerhus Museum. The fillings show the two seasons of Spring and Summer in the form of two women. When King Max II (1811–1864) wanted to connect to the peasants, he began actively promoting the art and customs of the people in the 19th century. With his doing he planned … Continue reading Traditional painted furniture, the “Bauernmöbel”

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“Weihnachten” from my Childhood

The Advent in Germany is the most magical and festive time. I remember the romantic historical Christkindlmarkets, the garland, lights and glittering Christmas trees, the Glühwein and Lebkuchen that makes a dreary season heart light up. As children we decorated a wreath with four candles, called “Adventskranz,” and lit a new candle every Sunday. Afterward we would walk down the street and view the decorated homes with wreaths, yards and trees with strings of lights, and pyramids with candles in the windows. Continue reading “Weihnachten” from my Childhood

Krampus Folklore, Bavaria, Austria Sticky post

The Krampus Folklore

The Krampus is an Alpine custom, a frightening figure of the Advent (beginning of December). While accompanying Saint Nicholas, Nicholas presents good children, and the naughty ones are punished by Krampus, the evil counterpart.  The name derives from the Old German cramps = “claw” or from the Bavarian “Krampn” = something lifeless, withered or withered. By the middle of the twentieth century, this aspect of … Continue reading The Krampus Folklore