Frau Hedwig Hoffmann, owner with her husband of the vacation apartment, was born in Saarburg and during a part of her working life, was a bookseller in a book and stationery shop on the most scenic street in the city. A few of her own books, loaned to my apartment's bookshelves, showed it. I found some wonderfully eclectic titles including a collection of “new old fairy tales.” The author modeled her tales on fables and stories from various places around Germany and created a more timely and charming book for children - and I couldn't resist the title or the idea that I would be able to read it without constant searches of my German dictionary.
|Vacation apartment table|
THE STORY OF THE CHRISTMAS NEEDLE
|Tailor in the 1800s|
The old tailor had a jerkin for the Burgermeister to make, a job that had to be finished in time for the mayor to wear it to the Silvester (New Year's Eve) Dance. One should not disappoint a man of importance if he knows what is good for him.
|Mother and Child|
The Christmas needle legend is adapted from the chapter called "Das Trierer Schneiderhandwerk" in Trierisches Handwerk von der Vorzeit bis heute by Richard Laufner