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The Christmas Pyramid casts its festive light

Although by all appearances the Erzgebirge Christmas pyramid resembles other static Christmas decorations, such as the Lausitz Pyramidenleuchter (a pyramid-shaped candleholder), the Thuringia Reifenbäumchen (a stylized tree-shape, consisting of wooden hoops in various diameters) or the Bavarian Klausenbaum (a pyramid constructed with wooden rods placed in apples, the apple at the tip of the pyramid bearing a candle), the construction of the moving parts of this revolving pyramid from the Erzgebirge is very different from all the other types mentioned. It is certain that the imagination of the woodworking craftsmen was inspired by the movements of the horse whims in the mines.

In festive glow, the upward-moving warmth from the lower circle of candles turns the different levels of groups of lathed or carved figures. Each Christmas pyramid was initially unique and had been made in the toy-makers’ family to decorate their own home during the Advent period.

The Erzgebirge pyramids were not made on a commercial basis until later, in the first decade of the twentieth century.