Beautiful handcrafted gifts are offered in abundance at the annual christmas markets held throughout Germany and Austria in the lead up to Christmas Eve.
This collection of smoking characters such as smoking snowmen, Santa Claus, and cute little smoking men are incense burners and are just some ideas for unique gifts at christmas. Incense cones are placed inside the figures and the fragrant smoke escapes through the mouth or in some cases through a pipe.
This market stall at the Christkindlmarkt in Salzburg, Austria had a large variety of smoking men and characters which could sit as ornaments on the mantle at Christmas time.
Christmas Markets in this area of Europe have been a tradition for many centuries with some of the earliest Christkindlmarkt being recorded as early as the 14th century. These Christmas markets attracted local crafts people, bakers, and other vendors from the surrounding areas to set up stalls to market their goods directly to the public. Today these festive events are eagerly awaited by locals and tourists alike
Smoking men ornaments on sale at a stall at the Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Markets) in downtown Salzburg, Austria, Europe.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/3.5, exposure time of 1/60 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 70mm.
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