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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 6A O HeraldZeltung 0 Sunday December Hummel Museum to get a visit from St Nick By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Kannst du beten Can you pray Thats the first thing Saint Nicholas would say to you if you were a New Braunfels child in the days of the first founders The Hummel Museum and The Sophienburg Museum turn into zeitmachinen time machines so children of all ages can celebrate Christmas in the old German traditions We have a little legend which we have adopted from the various cultures concerning Saint said Clyde Blackman of the Sophien burg Museum The legendary St Nick will visit the Sophienburg Museum at 1 and 7 Tuesday Dec 5 Visitors can hear the story of Saint Nicholas and learn the German prayer Kannst du Saint Nicholas will have candy canes for good children and switches for bad but of course there are only good children in New Braunfels Area children and their parents can feel the joy and awe of Christmas at the Hummel Museums second annual Weihnachtsfeier Tuesday Dec 5 from to Were going to have the Kinderchor Oma from Oma and the Oopmahs and the Hummel look alike said Sieglinde Smith of the Hum mel Museum Guests at the party get to help decorate the tra ditional Christmas tree Well have cider and Smith said The children get candy canes and apples just like the old The party culminates with a candlelight proces sion of children The biggest child gets to carry the Christ child baby from she said They are so proud that they get to carry it and then get to lay it in the Children and guests sing Silent Night as they walk to the manger Last year there wasnt a dry eye in the house when the children appeared with the baby Smith said Stammtisch Historically Nicholas of Myra was a bishop from Lycia in Asia Minor There was a second Bishop Nicholas who lived about the same time and place Stories about them merge and they become one St Nicholas Legend has it that there were three maidens who were very poor and could not marry because they had no dowry One night as they slept the bishop threw bags of gold through their window and when they awoke they found the money in their shoes and stock ings St Nicholas is also the patron saint of sailors They carried his legend to all countries of the world where it is now celebrated in many different ways The Saint Day is Dec 6 Visits from the good man happen on the eve of the fifth It is a sort of preChristmas celebration St Nicholas was referred to as Nickolaus in Germanspeak ing homes New Braunfels children always anticipated his com ing Sometimes he actually visited the homes Mama or Papa would open the door and motion him inside because the children were too scared Nickolaus was a tall imposing man with a beard He wore a large overcoat and a stocking cap and carried a big sack With a stern look on his face he approached the children His first ques tion always was Kannst du beten Can you pray Each child in turn would respond with a little prayer Ich bin klein Mein herz ist rein Sol Niemand drin wohnen Als Jesus allein Translation I am small My heart is pure No one shall live in it Save Jesus alone When Nicholaus would ask Have you been good naturally all the children would respond in the affirmative Before he left he would open his sack and give the children candy mixed nuts apples and oranges The children were warned if they were bad they might be carried off in Nickolaus sack Through the years the harshness of the custom eased In recent generations the visit has become more mysterious and symbolic Before going to bed on the night of Dec 5 New Braunfels chil dren might hang stockings in the belief that Nickolaus would vis it during the night and fill them In the morning the children find out if their behavior has been acceptable If so their stockings are filled with special goodies If they find a switch or a potato its a warning that they have three weeks to mend their ways before Christmas Vespers concert Tickets are available for three pre sentations of Christmas Vespers at Texas Lutheran Colleges Jackson Auditorium Dec 1 2 and 3 Perfor mances are at Friday and Saturday and 4 Sunday Tickets are free but required since Vespers annually attracts about people to campus Tickets may be secured by calling 210 3728180 Advent Vespers Sunday Dec 3 at 4 the 36th annual Advent Vespers will be pre sented by the New Braunfels Music Study Club The massed choir will be directed by Melitta Frueh the founder for the 25th consecutive year The offering will go into Jhe scholar ship fund of the Music Study Club The performance will be given at the First Baptist Church of New Braun fels King and Queen bowling The Barbarosa Bowling Club will hold King and Queen bowling Dec 5 6 and 12 from 6 to For information call 6253127 or 379 4378 City Council Appreciation Day The Garden Ridge City Council will be honored at 6 Dec 6 before the city council meeting Pub lic invited LWV at Wassailfest The League of Women Voters will participate in Wassailfest on Dec 7 in downtown New Braunfels Members will be stationed at gifts and Glitter on the Plaza and at Collected Memories on w San Antonio Voter registra tion cards and Know Your elected Officials pamphlets will be available In addition the League will sell 1920s style suffrage posters and pens to sup plement its education efforts which include voter guides and candidate forums For more information call 9803188 or 6295176 Democrats open house The Cpmal County Democrats will hold a holiday open house party at 7 Dec 8 at Thea Chesshers home 300 E Lincoln Everyone is asked to bring their favorite snack and a friend For information call Darlene Hicks at 6295167 Offices closed On Friday Dec 8 between 11 and 1 Comal County offices will be closed to accommodate the Christmas party Tour of Homes The second annual Christmas Tour of Homes sponsored by the New Braunfels Republican Women will be held Saturday Dec 9 from 2 to 6 Four homes will be on this years tour The tour is open to the public and all the homes will have hostesses present to welcome visi tors Homes included on the tour are the TimmermannSchumann Farm House 1860 Schwarzlose the home of Jack and Robbie Borchers 1355 River Road at Loop 337 the home of Rick and Carolyn Reed 1476 Hueco Springs Loop Road and the home of Carol and Gerry Bel ton 716 Wood Road Maps are on the backs of tickets Light refreshments will be served at all the homes Tickets are and are on sale at The Collection China n Things and The Cottage in Gruene Tickets can also be purchased at any of the homes after the tour begins For information call 6296442 The BOXCAR SHIRTS SHORTS ACCESSORIES WITH THIS AD store for all seasons Shop now for your favorite holiday or for any occasion Come see the most unique store inNew Braunfels Open Thursday until jTis The Season 265 W San Antonio St New Braunfels TX Downtown Market Square Fredericksburg DECEMBERS A German Christmas village of booths filled with 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30 through Dec Sofa 325 S Flores at Entrance to Warehouse in Rear Ofnah Crystal for over 33 years has been a major importer of European mouthblown handcut lead crystal original Capodimonte Italian and Royal Dux Czechoslovakian handpainted porcelains authentic Murano pieces Wallendorf German bisque porcelains and many other fabulous table and giftware plus collectibles to numerous to mention Ofnah is a national Wholesale Only distributor with showrooms in major markets nationwide Their main officesand warehouses are located in San Antonio For only the second time in 33 years they are offering their fabulous lines for sale to the public on a firstcome first served basis For 11 days only beginning Thursday November 30 1995 through Sunday December 10 1995 they will open their warehouse and offer thousands of pieces from their vast inventory for sale at incredible below wholesale prices with discounts up to 75 below regular prices Be there early for the best assortment Many of the German and Czechoslovakian crystal pieces are rapidly becoming collectors items which cannot be duplicated Many porcelains are limited editions hallmarked as well as originals signed by the artist There are superb crystal chandeliers lamps clear and cased colored crystal rose bowls vases pitchers plates bar and stemware decanters champagne buckets candlesticks biscuit jars ashtrays candy dishes perfume bottles baskets bells any crystal item imaginable A huge assortment of all types of porcelains china sets figurines mirrors and picture frames is also included in this onceinalifetime opportunity Photos are representative of merchandise to be offered EXAMPLES HandCut Crystal Vases starting al Lead Crystal 6 Rose or Concord Grape Pattern Vase Bowl Basket Assortment of Sparkling Crystal of 4 Stunning Champagne Flutes starting of HandCut Crystal Candle 17 pc Demilasse China Set choke The Rules of the Sale are as follows Open to every day including Sunday First come first served limited to supply 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