Christkind cannot take off: Balloon glow at Christmas in the mountains
Created: 12/13/2022 1:23 p.m
By: Ulrike Osman
The Christ Child was supposed to float away in this hot-air balloon, but the west wind wouldn't allow it.
Snow and winter sun, the scent of almonds, market stalls and music attracted many visitors to the Christmas in the mountains in Türkenfeld at the weekend.
Türkenfeld – The planned Ascension Day of the Christ Child could not take place, but as a substitute there was a balloon glow after dark.
For this purpose, the hot-air balloon, which the organizer Robert Müller had hired for the third Sunday in Advent, was set up and ready to fly on the meadow next to the market area.
Lit by the burner's flame, it was a spectacular sight.
Special Airport Oberpfaffenhofen
The fact that the vehicle was not allowed to rise from the ground was due to the westerly wind.
According to Müller, he would have driven the balloon in the direction of the Oberpfaffenhofen special airport.
"It's a restricted area." And so Christkind actress Milena Högenauer had to stay on the ground.
She will again be a guest at the Christmas in the mountains next Sunday (December 18) - with gifts that she will distribute to children in the Feststadl.
There are good reasons to stay there even without a heavenly visit.
The Stadl is heated and offers space to eat at long, white-clothed tables, while a varied music and entertainment program takes place on the stage.
The Suzuki Geigenorchester from Munich, which probably had the youngest performer in the entire festival program in its ranks with the three-year-old Anna, made the audience delighted.
The Türkenfelder Himmelspforte: The historical toy exhibition is well received by young and old.
With slit drums you can make music intuitively without being able to read music or ever having held an instrument in your hands.
They are built in such a way that no disharmony can arise.
"That's why they can also be played by people with disabilities or people with dementia," explains Sabine Richter.
The trader from Großaitingen (Augsburg district) and her husband are running a stand at the Christmas in the mountains for the first time.
The two bring musical instruments from around the world, including singing bowls, African drums and Australian didgeridoos.
Professional musician Franz Richter will perform with one of them next Saturday in the Feststadl.
By the way: everything from the region is now also available in our regular
Even before they entered the festival grounds, many visitors stopped in front of the Türkenfelder Himmelspforte.
The historic toy exhibition was organized by Agnes Maria Forsthofer and her association Kulturvertrickungen - and thus evoked childhood memories in older Turks.
In the 1950s, businessman Georg Knoblauch exhibited what was then the newest toy in his barn to give the offspring ideas for Christmas wishes.
“It was simply the best for us children,” remembers Traudl Bernhard.
She stood with her friends in the Advent season as if enchanted in front of all the glories.
However, it was rather rare that one found something of it later under the Christmas tree.
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Maybe it's because Agnes Maria Forsthofer couldn't find a single original toy from Knoblauch's range, despite an intensive search.
For this she has collected many other historical dolls and wooden trains, toy furniture and crockery, a general store and a rocking horse.
Traudl Bernhard's father-in-law once carved the almost 100-year-old "cradle horse" for his four sons.
One after the other, each of the boys was given it as a Christmas present.
Since there was a telephone in the original Himmelspforte through which the children could speak to a supposed Christ child (probably Georg Knoblauch's wife), there is now also an old device in the replica.
Municipal archivist Dieter Hess made it available from his holdings.
"It is the former telephone from the vicarage," says Forsthofer.
“If you turn the crank, it even rings.
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