The German Traditions surrounding Christmas is the experience you get strolling through an authentic German Christmas Market.
German Smokers are wooden figurines with the insides hollowed out. A metal pan inside holds a piece of incense.
When lit, the incense smokes, through the mouth of the figurine, making it look like it is smoking through a pipe, or its mouth. Often replicated to represent working class occupations or recreational sportsman and often jolly rotund characters for sure. I have seen bakers, farriers, chefs, hunters, hikers, skiers, merchants, and many others.
The nutcrackers originated not only as practical tools, but were totems said to protect families from danger. Their big wooden teeth were designed to scare away evil spirits, and their ability to crack nuts symbolized the circle of life:
A tree drops a seed (nut), which becomes a tree, out of which the nutcracker is born. The nutcracker, by design, also was a form of satirical political commentary. Nutcrackers made in the image of high-ranking officials, kings and soldiers were a way to force high-status men to “serve” the people.
It’s hard not to walk away with a little Christmas spirit or traditional German craftsmanship during a Christmas Market visit.