"Light - cozy - Christmas: This triad belongs together"
Created: 12/14/2022 12:33 p.m
By: Martin Becker
A snowy owl, huskies and a polar bear family greet you from the blue-lit shop window.
The boss of the skywriters, Peter Ruppert, opens his gate and explains what is important to put things in the right light.
– When dusk falls, it gets particularly cozy in Peter Ruppert's shop window, which the 62-year-old Unterhachinger then bathes in blue light.
A snowy owl, huskies, a family of polar bears and two deer have settled between Santa Claus and the Christmas tree and are moving their heads – the stuffed animals are particularly popular with children, “who keep flattening their noses,” reports Ruppert.
He is not only the owner of "Repro Ruppert", a copy shop with an extended portfolio such as gift items or textile printing, but also the boss of the "Himmelsschreiber".
An old-school firecracker for whom one thing is particularly important: the right light.
"Light used to be something valuable"
Pensively, the 62-year-old leafs through Werner Haslinger's "Bavarian Advent Calendar" and the "Bayerisches Hausbuch auf das Jahres 2023" - in addition to poems such as "Weihnachtsgedanken" or "Kimmt da Winta", this light is always presented differently in loving drawings .
For example, with an old man sitting at a table in his “Christkindlwerkstatt” in the glow of a lamp, watched by two angels.
Flash glitter world not in the offer
“Light used to be something valuable.
A rare commodity that was used sparingly,” explains Peter Ruppert.
Unfortunately, nowadays the feeling for soft lighting is often lost, "all this China stuff with neon bling bling has no place in the Advent season".
He once sold fairy lights in his shop, made by the lightbulb manufacturer Osram, "they had such a golden yellow glow".
The modern, garish world of glitter, however, is not to be found in the Unterhachinger range: "Light - cozy - Christmas: For me, this triad belongs together.
Less is often more."
The quiet light
Skywriter: Peter Ruppert (62) from Unterhaching.
He has decorated his shop window with this in mind; Ruppert rearranges it eight times a year, depending on the season.
So between Halloween and Mardi Gras he creates Christmas according to his ideas.
The star throwers are sold
And instead of fairy lights from Asian production, Ruppert only sells a single product with a Christmassy glow factor: "The star throwers, as they are called in Bavaria." Known to many more as sparklers - the fireworker naturally knows their history.
When the company was founded in 1948, the well-known German fireworks factory Weco initially specialized in the manufacture of sparklers.
This may have been invented by the Greek architect Kallinikos of Heliopolis, around 670 BC.
The oldest known patent to date for a “method for manufacturing a spark-emitting lightstick” comes from Hamburg and dates back to 1907, when Franz Jacob Welter ran the “United Sparkler-Factories”.
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Ruppert's eyes light up as he tells this.
Like those of the children in front of his blue illuminated shop window.
On the back, behind a wall, the Unterhachinger shows a twelve-minute film of his favorite fireworks on a PC, which he was allowed to stage once in Advent in Austria as the "sky writer".
No Piffpuffpuff, only artistic light cascades in time to the music.
The soft light, so to speak.
"That," says Peter Ruppert about himself and his team's fireworks philosophy, "we are."
About the series:
About the series:
Every day until December 24th, the Münchner Merkur will open a little Advent door under the motto "Glimmers of Light in Advent".
People are presented who provide enlightening moments or bring light into the darkness.