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Like most European countries, Germany has various Christmas traditions depending on the location, religion and folklore of each region. We have chosen Pelznichol or fur- clad St. Nicholas, because he became such a strong influence on the American picture of the gift giver figure. In northern Germany after the reformation the Pelznichol accompanied by the Christkindl brought gifts to children on Christmas Eve. When Germans settled in America Pelznichol became Belsnickle.
This Belsnickle is dressed in a fur trimmed red coat, mustard hood and black boots.
Vaillancourt is a family owned business located in Sutton, Massachusetts and is best known for their handmade and hand painted chalkware figures. These figures are made using vintage and antique chocolate, candy, and ice cream moulds. The Vaillancourt’s have the largest private collection in the USA and have been creating these heirloom masterpieces meant to be passed down from generation to generation since 1984.