Not familiar to most Americans as a Christmas figure, this is an early Moosmann (Moss Man) which, according to legend from the Vogtland area of Germany, would come out of the sea every year and stand next to the Christmas pyramid on display in the house. After Christmas, legend has it, he would disappear back into the sea with the three wise men. The Moss Man predates Santa Claus, which was not yet known.
My Moss Man figure is hand carved of wood. His coat and hat are actually made of bark. The inside of his bark coat which stands open is painted bright blue. His hat and coat are covered with moss. Quite a scary figure and very hard to find. I much prefer Santa . . . don't you?
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