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Dream couple of the Erzgebirge

Angels and miners are the best-known figures symbolising an Erzgebirge Christmas. Standing side by side with the miner, the angel with her flickering flame symbolises the miners’ deep emotional relationship to light and the blessing that he seeks for his work underground. In the Erzgebirge tradition, these two figures are inseparable, so it comes as a surprise to discover that they were not originally conceived as a pair.

The first inspiration for the wooden replicas of miners came from the tin figures that were used as candleholders on the church altar. The angel, so typical of the Seiffen Christmas scene, also traces its long folk history back to a church setting.

The locals will tell you of a charming custom relating to these figures. For each child in a miners’ family, a figure would be placed in the tiny cottage window – an angel for a girl and a miner for a boy. Wouldn’t it be nice to see this tradition revived?