Even five years ago, who would have ever thought that I could post this blog while flying high over the Atlantic Ocean on my way home from Germany. It has been a jam-packed 12 days of incredible museums, wonderful food and new cultural experiences. While there were many highlights, as an ornament and holiday collector, visits to the Rautis Czech ornament workshop along with the annual Bamberg Flea Markets were A+ experiences. I will post much more but my laptop is just about out of power. So, just adding a few images to this post with many more to come.
If you are a child in southern Germany or Austria, when St.
Nicholas rides through your village on the evening of December 5, he does not arrive alone. Krampus is his scary companion.
The Krampus, a terrifying horned figure wearing chains and carrying switches, runs behind him. It’s his job to scare children into being “good.”
The Soffieria De Carlini Krampus ornament depicts a classic German orAustrian Krampus clad in black with a scary red face, horns and elongated tongue. And, don’t miss that tail. He is truly a frightening character … as bad as St. Nicholas is saintly!
Soffieria De Carlini has been a family-operated glass blowning working shop since 1947. Located near Milan, the De Carlinis are the last workshop in Italy still producing these whimsical free blown holiday ornaments.
Thirty-five Oscar nominations and eight actual Academy Awards along with 1100 movies in her five-decade career … it’s not surprising that Edith Head became synonymous with Hollywood’s “Golden Age” of movies. The iconic costume designer “dressed” dozens of actresses such as Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn. Among Hollywood costume designers, Edith Head remains the queen!