Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Old World charm

Sometimes the penguins find me. On a side trip to Bavaria from Prague a couple of years ago, I found myself on the way to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a restored walled medieval city that attracts tourists from around the world. After booking a hotel online, I did a search for Christmas shops and came across Käthe Wohlfahrt’s, a legendary store that specializes in traditional German ornaments. It turned out to be next door to the hotel. Käthe Wohlfahrt is more than a Christmas shop. It’s like a Christmas museum where you can shop as you admire the exhibits. One of their trademarks seems to b a penguin pulling a gift-laden sled carrying a Christmas tree, of which I have several examples.

Acquired: June 30, 2009, Käthe Wohlfahrt, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
Glass sled puller
Number: 0639
Size: 3.5 inches tall
Price: 16.50 Euros

Wood sled pullers
Number: 0628 0629 0630
Size: 2.75 inches tall
Price: 11.95 Euros each (10.95 for blue ornament)

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