Winter Lore 11 – Bleigiessen

Led Casting my family’s beloved and never missed New Years Eve tradition. As far as I am aware of it is a widely spread tradition in Germany. It is a fortune telling devise, that has to be done during the first hour of the new year. In Germany you can buy led casting sets. Grandpa…

Winter Lore 07 – Erzgebirge

                The Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains) are a part of Saxony that is as distinct in its landscape and local dialects as it is famous for silver and tin mining, lace making, and wooden crafts. A comprehensive history and recipes about the Erzgebirgen in English and German you can…

Winterlore 06 – Nikolaus

Nikolaustag day in Germany is base on Saint Nikolaus and has traditionally been the day of giving out Christmas presents. The blog will not be able to discuss the various names and local traditions that accompany Nikolaustag in Germany. The local traditions here are very different; dress code, Nikolaus’ companions and even his name vary….

Winter Lore 05 – Federschleißen

Federschleißen or stripping feathers, was accompanied by a special tradition in my village. My Mom still remembers sitting under the table while the village elders (women) all gathered around it, to help stripping the feathers. For this occasion coffee (of course coffee Saxons are well known for their vast intake of coffee) and cake would…

Winterlore 04 – Barbara Branches

It is custom to cut branches from cherry or apple trees on the 4th of December and put them in a vase. The branches are supposed to be in full bloom for Christmas. The lore says that if the blossoms open on Christmas eve the year ahead will be a very good and happy one….

Winter Lore 03 – Stollen

In this post I will talk a about the history of Stollen and of course some recipes. One traditions says that Stollen (which is the German word for mines), is shaped looking like a mine shaft. Another lore says the form and shape of the Stollen is supposed to remind of baby Jesus in its…

Winter Lore 02 – of Kuppelchen

The Kuppelchen or Kupelchen seems to be a Saxonian dialect derivative from the word Kumpel, which means pal.  The Kuppelchen is a house spirit, a puck. Depending on the character of the inhabitants of the house it can be mean-spirited and evil, or caring and nice – so the local lore. The village elders (women)…

Winter Lore 01 – Preparing for Storytelling

I just read one of my favourite subscriptions New World Witchery. By the way a fantastic blog, also featuring interesting and entertaining pod casts. The guys set up the following competition: Your winter folklore, including (but not limited to) holiday traditions, recipes, songs, and stories; superstitions about specific days, events, omens, or signs are welcome;…