Who is "Poorte Jantje"
In Goch I met this statue and even on the extensive internet I did not find the answer to my question: Who is this "Poorte Jantje"?
Can anybody tell me?
In Goch sah ich diese Standbild und sogar auf then ausgebreitene Internet konnte ich kein Antwort finden auf mine Frage: "Wer ist diesen "Poorte Jantje"?
Gibt es jemand die es mir sagen kann?
In Goch zag ik dit standbeeld en zelfs op het uitgebreide internet vond ik geen antwoord op mijn vraag "Wie is "Poorte Jantje"?
Kan iemand het mij vertellen?
Monuments in a different light
Of course the town administration also does some extra decorations. Especially the main monuments are aluminated in a special way and above all the "Steintor" (Stone gate). Together with all other lights, Goch is transfered to a wonderful little town that is very cosy to walk through and do some (X-mas) shopping in.
All (almost) join the dress-up party of town
Goch is like the average town in germany, which means that the majority of the people are doing their best to add some alumination to their windows or house. Some even make the most fantastic light-shows on the facades of the house, creating a very own atmosphere during the dark December-month. This is definately one of the specialities of Goch and Germany in general. Slowly the tradition also takes hold of us Dutch.
Slowly the stable gets inhabited with it's figures
Some towns have even a "live" variant, but Goch's church offers also a nice traditional one. The Christmas stable appears in December (Advent) and is slowly more crowdedly inhabited. First the oxen and donkey, then some sheep, then the sheppards. Suddenly angels appear with the star, followed by the main characters Jozef, Maria and ... on Christmas eve ... baby Jezus. Don't you just love this story? Again and again?
Christmas (Weihnachten) the time to shop in Goch
December is the month in which masses of Dutch get over the border to shop in Germany. Goch is one of the targets, besides the much larger Essen, Köln, Münster and Düsseldorf. Not for nothing we go to germany as here the original "Weihnachtsmärkte" (Christmas markets) are very attractive and atmospheric. It starts all with the alumination of the streets and ends ... with "Glühwein" and "Eiergrog".