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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-06-2017, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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Shooting guns on Christmas eve?

Sounds strange doesn't it. In the late middle ages, when wars raged across central Europe, small mountain valleys would place sentries at the passes entering the valley, equipped with guns to fire warning shots if an enemy force approached. The warning would allow the valley people to hide or prepare as the case may be. Later in times of peace, such sentries were placed on the mountain passes to fire shots when important visitors, such as a Prince or Archbishop approached. The signal shots gave valley folks time to change into their best clothes and turn out to celebrate the visitors. And so a tradition started of firing these shots to announce the coming of the most important visitor of all. Every Christmas Eve in Bavaria shots are fired from the mountain tops to announce the coming of Christ. It is called Weihnachtsschiessen (Christmas Eve shooting) or The Christkindsalute (Christ child salute)

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Pretty neat!!! Thanks for sharing!! :-)

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never heard of it , I heard of shooting on New Years eve , three shots for good luck in the new year
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