Incense belongs to the Christmas time for me like German gingerbread.
THE HISTORY OF SMOKERS:
History of Steinbach “Rauchermen” (Smoker) For five thousand years, incense, like gold, spices and gems, has been among the most precious gifts of kings and emperors. It has also been closely connected with religion. The bible says in Matthew 2, verse 11, about the journey of the Three Wise Men to Bethlehem: “and opened their treasures and offered him gold, frankincense and myrrh”. The festivity of the Three Wise Men is still celebrated in Germany on January 6.
Christian and Germanic customs together with superstition made people believe that the evil spirits of the “Raunaechte” (longest nights of the year) could be driven away by noise and light. Once the devils and evil spirits had left the house fine incense was burnt to bless hearth and home.
The old sign: C+M+B
is also today written in chalk over the front door would be the magic spell that keeps all evil away throughout the year.
After the 30 years-religious-war (1618-1648) that was fought in the heart of Germany medieval piety and folk art combined to bring about new forms of burning-incense. Thus, the “Rauchermen”, carved and turned from wood, were born in the Miriquidi Forest, later known as the Erzgebirge. Over the years all kinds and types of Rauchermen were designed: respectable and professional people, folk characters, heroes and forest workers. (http://www.magicofnutcrackers.com/Smokers/HistoryofSmokers.htm)
These are mine, wow, I must be burning quite a bit of incense, all the dust around their feet.
And one of them is in desperate need of repair. He will not go back together probably anymore. The men are 20+ years. The nice mushroom was a gift from a wonderful friend. Her shop: https://www.zibbet.com/hoopties
so let’s see what I can find when I type incense into the search bar at www.zibbet.com
ah, it smells so good. Right now I have Christmas flavor going. Do you burn incense? What is your favorite flavor?