Germanic Chistmas

Germanic Christmas

Gustav Erlenkotter, Poetischer Jugendchatz in Bild und Spruch. New York: Published for the author, ca. 1870-1885. 

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This magnificent wood engraving of a Christmas tree is taken from a collection of children’s poetry in German.  In true nineteenth-century fashion, the tree sits atop a table, and sports burning candles, with toys and fruit strewn at its foot.  This image reminds us that the Christmas tree served a child-centered function in the domestic celebration of Christmas.  

Adopted by John Neal Hoover in memory of Jock Elliott

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