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Reverence for light

Even today, candlelight has still lost none of its fascination and enchantment. It is especially on dark winter days that we begin to sense the reverence felt by miners for the blessing of light. However, the illumination provided by a candle was something of a luxury in a miner’s cottage, as the wax was quite expensive. It was only on Christmas Eve that they would light all the candles on their richly decorated candelabra to set the right mood and to symbolise the festive nature of the occasion. As the candles flickered, the decorative figures would often seem to tell wondrous tales.

The warm, joyous glow of light that makes an Erzgebirge Christmas so special in our times was only made possible at the start of the 19th century with the introduction of the more affordable stearin.