Characters Of Christmas

In early 2016 I started my first Christmas Sculpture to be finished and displayed before the Holidays , I continue that tradition by adding a new holiday sculpture every year to the display.

Sculptures are available for viewing anytime and they are festively illuminated around the holidays . Stop in and see what's new this year.

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New Install for 2020

Krampus

Installed 2016​

Central European folklore

 

 Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure described as "half-goat, half-demon"  who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards the well-behaved with gifts.

 

 

Jólakötturinn (The Yule Cat)

Installed 2017

Icelandic folklore

The Yule Cat (Icelandic: Jólakötturinn) is a monster from Icelandic folklore, a huge and vicious cat said to lurk about the snowy countryside during Christmas time and eat people who have not received any new clothes to wear before Christmas Eve.

The threat of being eaten by the Yule Cat was used by farmers as an incentive for their workers to finish processing the autumn wool before Christmas. The ones who took part in the work would be rewarded with new clothes, but those who did not would get nothing and thus would be preyed upon by the monstrous cat.

 

 

Frau Perchta

Installed 2018

Folklore  of Bavaria and Austria

 

Perchta was said to roam the countryside at midwinter, and to enter homes during the twelve days between Christmas. She would know whether the children  had behaved well and worked hard all year. If they had, they might find a small silver coin the next day,  If they had not, she would slit their bellies  and stuff the hole with straw and pebbles.

 

 

Belsnickel

Installed 2019

A grumpy Christmas gift-bringer figure in the folklore of Germany and is also preserved in Pennsylvania Dutch communities.

He is typically very ragged and disheveled. He wears torn, tattered, and dirty clothes, and he carries a switch in his hand with which to beat naughty children, but also pocketsful of cakes, candies, and nuts for good children.

 

 

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