Schwäbisch Hall in Baden-Württemberg, Southwestern Germany was a Free Imperial City for 5 centuries. Salt was produced from brine by the Celts here as early as the 5th century. The village probably belonged first to the Counts of Comburg-Rothenburg, then went to the Imperial house of Hohenstaufen in circa 1116. It was Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa who founded the imperial mint and started the coining of the so-called Heller (”auf Heller und Pfennig”). The town flourished through the production of salt and coins. After the fall of the Hohenstaufens, it defended itself against the claims of the noble family Schenken von Limpurg. The conflict was settled in 1280 by Rudolph I of Habsburg; this allowed the development into an Free Imperial City of the Holy Roman Empire. The ancestors of Dietrich Bonhöffer were from here. As of 2009, Schwäbisch Hall had a population of ~37,000 - its residents come from over 100 countries. The local Goethe-Institut attracts up to 2,000 students from countries around the world every year to study the German language.
Since the last time i updated the dream, Tamriel has gotten a few new villagers and pwps, and I changed up some of the houses, so I figured I should update it again. Also, thanks to the 45 people who visited!!! ^-^ If you visit, I’d love to see any pictures you take and/or hear what you thought!
Fine print: I don’t want to spoil anything, but there is some blood in the houses, so if you’re uncomfortable with that kinda stuff, you might want to avoid the upstairs in Abby & Sam’s houses and the basement in Lizzie’s house.
(Until the end of the Christmas Season, Lizz will talk about Austrian Christmas traditions, music, theology and other christmas related stuff.)
Two days ago we talked about Saint Nicolas and Santa Claus, so it’s time to talk about Krampus now. Be prepared, it’s gonna get scary (and a little longer) today!!
December 5th is the day of Saint Nicolas’ helper, the KRAMPUS.
(Look at him! Fucking scary!!!!)
Note: Let me just say one thing about the Krampus movie: I’m not a fan of Hollywood taking things from my culture and my traditions and turning it into a crappy horror comedy whatever. I don’t appreciate it, and the trailer was - rightfully - booed in my local cinema. Krampus is not just some movie monster, he’s an important part of our culture, especially where I come from. So fuck you Hollywood. A lot. Thanks.
Now then, let’s talk about the Krampus!
What is the Krampus?
In many European countries, Saint Nicolas has a helper. Krampus is one of those helpers and became highly popular in recent years (because of the movie, and because he’s awesome!). An article on cracked.com describes Krampus as “a horned monster … who acts as the bad cop of Santa’s operation, scaring children into being on they best behavior with the threats of being whipped with birch rods or, in extreme cases, being stuffed in a wicker basket and dragged off to hell.” They also call him the “Batman of Christmas”, which is pretty awesome!
French soldiers camouflaging a 370 mm railway howitzer. Autochrome colour picture made by an official photographer of the French army on September 5th, 1917, near the village of Heenkerke in Flanders, Belgium.