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Usually a group of school children poured into the house at this time and quite possibly the teacher, too, would appear. The long-anticipated feast featured fresh buns, Moos (fruit pudding is an inadequate translation), rice, potatoes, meat, raisin-filled Bubbat (a food often used as a dressing for meat courses) and other foods.

After the noon meal the men would sit around and rest for a while, perhaps have a smoke and recount the details of the morning's activities. The finer arts such as sausage making, including liver sausage, and rolling the bacon were typical afternoon activities. After a hearty Faspa everyone would go home to the chores.

However. that was not the end of the event for the socializing villagers.

Everyone returned for the supper feast. Fresh spare ribs and newly-made liver sausage were added to the menu and another round of animated visiting would follow. Finally, well fed and content with the accomplishments of the day, men, women, and children would find their way to their own homes."

In the more liberal Bergthaler or Sommerfelder villages, Christ­ mas and New Year's Eve would also be popular social events. At the Christmas program someone would inevitably dress up as a fat Saint Nicolas and appear distributing gifts among the children. On New Year's Eve the Brumtopp mummers would visit village homes in a tradition that went back to Prussia. This ceremony consisted of a pantomime or song performed by mummers dressed in strange cos­ tumes, playing a Brumtopp.

Brumtopp Players in the 1930's.

Credit: W. J. Kehler