NORTH COHOCTON — It is always nice to celebrate the holidays with friends, family, and our favorite German store nestled in the heart of the village.
The Third Annual German/American Christmas Market will take place at the Olde Country Store and More from Dec. 2 to Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be many local vendors, artists, food, and of course Santa Claus.
Olde Country Store and More Owner Jeff Wells brought the German culture to a sleepy town when he bought the old candy store three years ago. It was he and his two daughter’s Denise and Jenny Wells’ idea to bring their traditions to the area. This area has many German American families, and the authentic German items found in the store have been a blessing.
New this year the family has shared what it means to have a German Christmas in a countdown until the German/ American Christmas Market. These heartwarming stories give insight into the culture, and how this family was raised. These stories can be found on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OCS.1849/
Wells said it shows what it is was like for his daughters growing up in Germany, and the comparison to American Christmas.
“The Christmas Market really is beautiful in Germany,” he said. “We like to show what we did when we lived there, and what we are doing now.”
Last year the family tried having the market two weekends in a row, but this year they are going back to one weekend.
“We went back to how it was to make it more comfortable for our vendors,” Jeff Wells said. “It was hard to have it two weekends in a row.”
There are many new Green Heart of the Finger Lakes items available this weekend, including some wine glasses, shot glasses, and Christmas ornaments.
Also, the family has chosen to make a typical German Christmas meal to share with everyone. The meal will include bratwursts, cabbage, apple sauce, and mashed potatoes. This all being done by Jenny Wells from her Oma’s family recipe. Oma is German for grandmother.
There will be many German Christmas Ornaments available, and lots in the century old molds from the legendary German glass blowers.
“People keep coming in for German Christmas Ornaments,” Jeff Wells said. “We even have people come in after Christmas to buy them. They love the origin of the first glass Christmas ornaments.”
This is what is known as the Mecca of glass blowers in Lauscha, Germany, Wells said.
It all started long ago in a beautiful German village to bring joy to all of those around them.
Jeff Wells said that everyone enjoys coming into the store for authentic German items, especially those who have German Heritage. People have also enjoyed the new Green Heart of the Finger Lakes items.
“We left a lot behind like friends and traditions,” he said. “It is fun for us to share that with everyone. It gives some insight into what we are trying to create here. I want to help people understand the German Christmas. There are so many German roots found in the names here.”
There will also be Flint Creek Soap with the Green Heart of the Finger Lakes theme. These soaps will come in 11 different scents that focus on the lakes.
Jeff Wells mentioned he is excited to be sharing the connection between Green Heart of the Finger Lakes and Green Heart of Germany with the community.
It really has become a family tradition as well and friends and neighbors.
Lem Clawson, Jeff’s nephew, is taking on the task of reinventing the woodwork of his grandfather.
“Lem takes a lot of care in restoring the old wood, and making it something heartwarming for the whole family,” he said. “My nephew works really hard making rustic woodwork. He is making frames now out of the old boards my dad would use for the sheep.”
Olde Country Store and More is located at 2 University Avenue. It is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. It is closed Mondays. In keeping with the German Christmas tradition they will be closed part of Dec. 24 to Dec. 26. They will open again Dec. 27.