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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas *6 A □ Herald-Zeitung O Sunday, December 3,1995 Hummel Museum to get a visit from St Nick By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer “Kannst du beten?” (Can you pray?) That’s 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 Nicholas,” said Clyde Blackman of the Sophienburg Museum. The legendary St. Nick will visit the Sophienburg Museum at I and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5. Visitors can hear the story of Saint Nicholas and learn the German prayer, “Kannst du beten.” 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 Museum’s second annual Weihnachtsfeier Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. “We’re going to have the Kinderchor, Oma from Oma and the Oopmahs, and the Hummel lookalike winners,” said Sieglinde Smith of the Hummel Museum. Guests at the party get to help decorate the traditional Christmas tree. “We’ll have cider and cookies,” Smith said. “The children get candy canes and apples just like the old times.” The party culminates with a candlelight procession of children. “The biggest child gets to carry the Christ child baby from Hummel,” she said. They are so proud that they get to carry it and then get to lay it in the straw.” Children and guests sing “Silent Night” as they walk to the manger. “Last year there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when the children appeared with the baby Jesus,” Smith said. 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 many 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 stockings. 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 pre-Christmas celebration. St. Nicholas was referred to as “Nickolaus” in German-speaking homes. New Braunfels children always anticipated his coming. 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 stem look on his face, he approached the children. His first question 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 children might hang stockings in the belief that “Nickolaus” would visit 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, it’s a warning that they have three weeks to mend their ways before Christmas.Stammtisch Vespers concert Tickets are available for three presentations of Christmas Vespers at Texas Lutheran College’s Jackson Auditorium Dec. I, 2, and 3. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are free, but required, since Vespers annually attracts about 2,000 people to campus. Tickets may be secured by calling (210) 372-8180. Advent Vespers Sunday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m., the 36th annual Advent Vespers will be presented 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 intojhe scholarship fund of the Music Study Club. The performance will be given at the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels. King and Queen bowling The Barbarosa Bowling Club will hold King and Queen bowling Dec. 5, 6, and 12 from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. For information, call 625-3127 or 379-4378. City Council Appreciation Day The Garden Ridge City Council will be honored at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 before the city council meeting. Public 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 registration cards and Know Your elected Officials pamphlets will be available. In addition, the League will sell 1920s style suffrage posters and pens to supplement its education efforts which include voter guides and candidate forums. For more information, call 980-3188 or 629-5176. Democrats open house The Comal County Democrats will hold a holiday open house party at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Thea Chessher’s home, 300 E. Lincoln. Everyone is asked to bring their favorite snack and a friend. For information, call Darlene Hicks at 629-5167. Offices closed On Fnday, Dec. 8, between 11 a.m. and I p.m., 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 p.m. to 6 p.m. Four homes will be on this year’s tour. The tour is open to the public, and all the homes will have hostesses present to welcome visitors. Homes included on the tour are: the Timmermann-Schumann Farm House, I860 Schwarzlose Lane,, 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 Belton, 716 Wood Road. Maps are on the backs of tickets. Light refreshments will be served at all the homes. Tickets are $5, 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 629-6442. ^    -f    f    Alfa    w    m The BOXCAR SHIRTS ^ SHORTS ACCESSORIES 10% RUSTY DKG. win m n ararat an WlaHjTHAo nJLI* amu inn s/m The V store for all seasons! Shop now for your favorite holiday, or for any occasion. Come see the most unique £ar-'Rouflw store inNew Braunfels. ^ristmasVlll^ °Pen 9:30 -6:00 Thursday until 8:00 Tis The Season! 265 W. San Antonio St. • New Braunfels, TX kristkindl Mark Downtown Market Square Fredericksburg DECEMBER 8. 9. IO A German Christmas village of booths filled with toys, decorations, confections, handcrafted specialties, music, German food and fun for all. PREVIEW PARTY Friday, December 8 “ Twas The Night Before Markt" 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. • $20.00 Catered Buffet Meal • German Music Limited Tickets sold in advance only CALL 210-997-8615 KRISTKINDL MARKT December 9 & IO Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sun. 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Shopping Galore Wandering Minstrels Father Christmas $4.00 Adults • $1.00 Children 210-997-8515 • P.O. Box 585 Fredericksburg. TX 78624 1000.— Giveaway Downtown Dollars Register at any Downtown Business displaying A Participating Merchant in $1000 DownTown Dollars ■MMK Christmas JIH HIH Give - A - Way Ten (IO) winners will be drawn during Wassailfest on Thursday, December 7th. Each winner will receive $100 Downtown Dollars. 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Flores (at Entrance to Warehouse in Rear) Ofnah Crystal for over 33 years has been a major importer of European mouth-blown, hand-cut lead crystal, original Capodirnonte Italian and Royal Dux Czechoslovakian hand-painted 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 offices-and 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 “first-come, first-served” basis. For ll days only beginning Thursday, November 30, 1995, through Sunday, December IO, 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 collector’s 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 once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Photos are representative of merchandise to he offered. EXAMPLES: Hand-Cut Pure Lead Crystal Crystal Vases 6” tufting a Bowls $5110 sUrtuga $5to Crimson Rose or Concord (irape Pattern Vase, Bowl, Basket Covered Candy your choice $8oo Urge Assortment of Sparkling Crystal Bells suning a *5“ Set of 4 Stunning Champagne Flutes starling ti {goo Pair of Hand-Cut Crystal Candle Sticks tuning a Exquisite 17 pc. Demitasse China Set tufting a s,9«0 The Rules of the Sale are as follows: • Open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day Including Sunday • First come, first served — limited to supply on hand only • All sales are final — no refunds, returns or exchanges • Special Additional Savings on Large Orders • Cash, MasterCard or VISA only Come to our warehouse building at 325 S. Flores, San Antonio, in the rear, for A RARE OPPORTUNITY!!!!mm ;