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Traditional Bavarian Christmas decoration - Large Baumstamm Nikolaus

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Traditional Bavarian Christmas decoration - Large Baumstamm Nikolaus

Traditional Bavarian Christmas decoration - Large Baumstamm Nikolaus
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Description

Baumstamm-Nikolaus are a traditional Bavarian decoration and are usually placed outside the front door in December to welcome St Nikolaus (who is a bit like our Santa Claus). The tradition goes that if you don't have a Baumstamm-Nikolaus, St Nikolaus may well pass by your house without leaving any presents.

Each Baumstamm-Nikolaus is made in our Malvern Hills base using wood coppiced by our neighbour Phil, from the woodland reserve he looks after. Each Baumstamm-Nikolaus has been hand-painted using water-based exterior paints. As a result Nikolaus can happily stand outside but also looks great stood inside by the Christmas tree or anywhere else around the home.

These are natural products and as a result all Baumstamm-Nikolaus's are individual and will differ slightly from the photos here.

There are two sizes available. This large sized Baumstamm-Nikolaus varies in size but ranges from between 42 cm to 50 cm high and between 9.5 cm to 12.5 cm in diameter. See separate listing for standard sized version.

Inspiration

A couple of years ago I was visiting a friend in Bavaria in the run up to Christmas. We went for a walk around some 'picture-postcard' villages in the shadow of the Bavarian Alps and I noticed that a number of houses had outside them a wooden log onto which had been painted the face of what i took to be Santa Claus. I found out from my friend that these decorations are left outside to encourage the German St Nikolaus to leave Christmas presents for the children of the house.

I liked their gnarled, cheerful qualities and I made some for our home. Friends liked them and soon I was making little armies of Baumstamm-Nikolaus. I have now 'branched out' (sorry, I couldn't resist the pun) to offer their cheeky rustic charm to Folksy too.

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