Post Office & Postcards
Let's bring back some of those old-fashioned traditions and bring back some joy into the hearts of your family and friends - by sending a real old-fashioned letter or Christmas Card. Our new postmaster Spencer Currie, still uses the ink and fountain pen to write his letters, which is one of the reasons he has embraced this new role as Christkindl's Postmaster.
You'll find the green Mailbox next to the Oktoberfest HUT at Christkindl's main location on Gaukel Street (between Joseph & Charles St.).
Letters to Santa & Christkindl's New Postmaster
Continue a cherished tradition as old as our postal service. Write your letter to Santa and drop it off at our mailbox at our Outdoor Festival on Gaukel Street.
Christkindl's new Postmaster, Spencer Currie, will make sure that your special letters make it to Saint Nicholas posthaste.
People around the world collect things related to Christmas – fragile glass ornaments, sets of electric lights, Nativity scenes, and greeting cards. And everyone collects memories, perhaps of a special gift given or received, or a favourite family gathering. These photographs, from a private collection, are one person's collecting passion – photographs of Christmas printed on postcards. The original postcards, dating from about 1900 to 1930, are each 3 ½ by 5 ½ inches.
The photographs were taken mostly by amateurs in Canada, the United States and Europe – think of the postcards as the Instagram message of their day. They were printed in home darkrooms or as a special request when film was developed.
Unlike commercially printed postcards, which could number in the hundreds of thousands, most amateur photographers printed fewer than ten postcards from their negatives – to save in a photo album, or to send to family and close friends. Each of these images is truly a special memory of a Christmas past.
Want to know more about the traditions of Christmas? Ask your local library to borrow:
Christmas in Canada: Heartwarming Legends, Tales, and Traditions, edited by Jill Foran, published by Altitude Publishing in 2004.
Or, if you’d like to see a collection of Christmas photographs from Germany, ask your local library to borrow:
Deutsche Weihnacht: Ein Familienalbum 1900-1945, published in 1996.
Sending a package for the special date?
Let us hope it won’t be late
The Niagara Area Lutheran Choir, as the name suggests, is made up of Lutheran singers from seven different Lutheran churches across the Niagara Area of southern Ontario. So as not to take members from their own churches on Sunday mornings, they do not sing for Sunday morning Worship, but do take part in many special afternoon or evening services, such as anniversaries, installations, Advent services, Ascension services or others as requested.
They are primarily a concert choir, and go wherever they are invited to sing. They do not charge for their concerts, but often a congregation will use them as a fundraiser and take up an offering for a project of their choice. In addition to church concerts, they sing regularly at several retirement/nursing homes in the area. Although they used to travel further afield, most of the concerts now are within a two-hour drive from Niagara, but all invitations are considered and appreciated.
The choir was started by Doug Wachs and Heinz Holder over 50 years ago, and Carole Pink is only the second director. She took over from Heinz in 1999. Doug’s son Paul Wachs is the choir manager as well as a singer and the current accompanist is Louann Waugh from Beamsville.
In addition to choral anthems that are designed to fit into those special worship services, they have a varied concert repertoire of general pieces as well as many for Easter and Christmas concerts.
Although gradually reducing in size due to age and health issues, they still love to sing and serve the Lord in this way.
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Write and address your letters to:
Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H 0H0, Canada
Bring your letters with you to our Outdoor Festival on Gaukel Street and drop them in our mailbox. Spencer, Christkindl's new Postmaster, will make sure that your special letters will make it all the way to the North Pole!
Remember to include a return address so Santa can write you back!