Thursday, December 3, 2009

Nikolaus Abend - the day of St. Nicholas - TODAY'S FLOWERS

Today, I am combining two events:
TODAY'S FLOWERS created by Luiz Santilli Jr., Brazil
and Elke's Adventskalender, Germany in one post.
I hope you'll enjoy my flower pictures and attempt to shed some light on the magical figure
of Nikolaus or Santa Claus.
Heute kombiniere ich diesen Post mit Bildern und Geschichten,
TODAY'S FLOWERS und Elke's Adventskalender Event, in einem Beitrag.
Ich hoffe, dass Euch mein Beitrag über den Nikolaus und Santa Claus gefällt.
The weeks before Christmas I love to decorate baskets with
cedar, cylamen, cabbage and hydrangeas.
This basket is located on our deck and
I can see my flower arrangement from the kitchen window.
In der Vorweihnachtszeit dekoriere ich oftmals Körbe mit Zedernzweigen,
Alpenveilchen und Kohl. Dieser Korb steht auf unserer Terasse
und ich kann mein Blumenarrangement vom Küchenfenster aus sehen.

Nikolaus Abend
Der Nikolaus ist unter vielen verschiedenen Namen in der ganzen Welt bekannt:
Ursprünglich war der Nikolaus von einem bärtigen und vermummten Mann begleitet - als Knecht Ruprecht (Rupprecht) , Knecht Nikolaus, Nickel, Klaubauf (Tirol und Oberbayern), Pelznickel, Pelzmäntel, Hans Trab (Elsaß), oder Krampus oder Hans Muff wie in Österreich..
Später wurde er sogar Heiligen gleichgesetzt, dann aber vom Nikolaus getrennt und schließlich zu einem selbständigen Gabenbringer, der als Weihnachtsmann, Father Christmas (England), Santa Claus in Nordamerika oder Père Noèl (Frankreich) den Kindern entweder zu Nikolaus oder am Heiligabend oder "Begleiter des Christkindes" seine Gaben verteilt.

Der bekannteste Brauch zum Nikolaustag ist der, dass die Kinder ihre geputzten Schuhe oder auch Strümpfe am Vorabend ans Fenster oder vor die Tür stellen dürfen und der Nikolaus diese über Nacht füllt.

Ach, du lieber Nikolaus,
komm ganz schnell in unser Haus.
Hab so viel an dich gedacht!
Hast mir doch was mitgebracht?

Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle or simply "Santa", is a legendary figure who, in many Western cultures, brings gifts to the homes of the good children during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas Eve or Saint Nicholas Day. The legend may have part of its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of gift giver Saint Nicholas. While Saint Nicholas was originally portrayed wearing bishop's robes, today Santa Claus is generally depicted as a plump, jolly, white-bearded man wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots.

This image became popular in the United States and Canada in the 19th century due to the significant influence of caricaturist and political cartoonist Thomas Nast. This image has been maintained and reinforced through song, radio, television, and films.

Santa Claus and his reindeer
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixon, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolf.

Information and pictures from various sources.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Visiting the Toronto Botanical Garden

Toronto Botanical Garden is a volunteer-based, charitable organization whose purpose is to inspire passion,
respect and understanding of gardening, horticulture, the natural landscape and a healthy environment.
Since its inception in 1958, the Toronto Botanical Garden, formerly The Civic Garden Centre,
has encouraged, stimulated and educated countless Canadian gardeners.
Almost 50 years later, the Toronto Botanical Garden has expanded its vision
and set a goal to become a self-sustaining urban oasis while making
Toronto the most horticulturally enlightened city in the world.

Piet Oudolf is an internationally acclaimed Dutch garden designer whose naturalistic planting style is shaking up traditional notions of border composition. Oudolf has brought his innovative ideas to many public gardens as well as the Toronto Botanical Garden, where he has partnered with landscape architect Martin Wade on a design for the Entry Garden Walk and Arrival Courtyard.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

the tree...

"Have you ever noticed a tree standing naked against the sky,
How beautiful it is?
All its branches are outlined, and in its nakedness.
There is a poem, there is a song.
Every leaf is gone and it is waiting for the spring.
When the spring comes,
It again fills the tree with the music of many leaves,
Which in due season fall and are blown away.
And this is the way of life."
- Krishnamurti
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