Austrian Weihnachtsfest

Monday, December 5, 2016

St. Nikolaus and his assistant hand out
presents to children

Austrian Christmas traditions were celebrated on Sunday at downtown Seattle's German House. Organized by the Austria Club of Washington, the holiday potluck party was enlivened by the appearance of St. Nikolaus, his angelic assistant, and (of course) Krampus!

St. Nikolaus talks to a little one
while Krampus looks over his shoulder

Shoreline residents Bob Otto, Maureen O'Neill, and Martin Kral, respectively, handed out sweet treat Krampus Sackerl to the children, along with presents from parents.

Krampus and an angel
The club provided Gl├╝hwein, other beverages, and holiday ham, while club members and guests offered seasonal dishes and desserts.

Music was provided by the Bonnie Birch Trio and the guests sang German Christmas songs.

This annual tradition has returned to Seattle after years at a remote site near North Bend. This social club welcomes new members of any nationality.


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