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German Glass Krampus Ornament

German Glass Krampus Ornament


The legend of the Christmas Devil named Krampus dates back centuries, originating in Germany during the 12th century. Every year in early December, the children of Germany would begin to hear whispers of a frightening creature bearing horns and fangs, carrying a bundle of birch sticks used to swat naughty children. According to traditional narratives of Alpine folklore, Krampus would prowl through the town, capturing the bad children in a basket and bringing them down to the underworld. The Krampusnacht (Krampus Night) would occur the evening before December 6th (St. Nicholas Day), the day when the good children were rewarded with presents left by Saint Nicholas in their shoes.

In the 21st century, many Alpine countries continue to celebrate the Krampusnacht with parades, with the townsmen dressed like devils, running through the streets chasing after children and naughty parents alike. More recently, the legend of Krampus has gained popularity in America, with Krampus festivals held across the country in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New York City.

From a third-generation glass-blowing studio in Germany, we are pleased to present this authentic Krampus Ornament. Fashioned from an original restored antique mold, this devilish Krampus has a fiery red face and hand-blown twisting black horns. With a ghoulish grin, he is sure to bring his quirky-dark charms to your to tree.

Measures 2.5"H.

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Located in the central German state of Thüringen, the small mountain village of Lauscha is considered the birthplace of handmade glass-blown Weihnachtsbaumschmuck - in other words, the glass Christmas tree ornaments that are beloved around the world. Famous for glassblowing since the 16th century, Lauscha became a celebrated holiday phenomenon across Europe in 1846. It was that Christmas that a London newspaper shared an illustration of Queen Victoria's royal Christmas tree, adorned with the magnificent glass ornaments from her husband Prince Albert's native Germany. In the 1880's, American retail magnate F.W. Woolworth discovered the region's unique, stunning ornaments on a trip to Germany and  began importing them to the United States.

After World War II, the glass-blowing factories of Lauscha were taken over by the East German government, unable to re-establish themselves as private companies until the fall of the Berlin wall.

Today, the picturesque town of Lauscha is still home to a small number of traditional glass-blowers, and every Christmas, thousands flock to the snowy village for the splendid Christmas treasures it has to offer.

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