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Christmas Melodies

Today, on each of the four Sundays of Advent, the boys’ choirs in Seiffen and other Erzgebirge communities still go from house to house, carrying lanterns and illuminated stars wishing the inhabitants with their carols and festive songs a blessed Christmas.

“Curro” (currere) has its origins in Latin and means “to walk”. The “walking” choir consisted of boys between the ages of 10 and 14, and it was not until 1945 that girls were admitted to its ranks. The style of the singers’ clothing is from around 1535 at the time when the area around Seiffen went over to Protestantism. Unlike the altar boys who assist Catholic priests, the clothing consists of a simple black cassock and a round-brimmed hat.

Around 1935, Max Schanz from Seiffen created the “original choir scene” consisting of five choirboys each holding a book between both hands, one choirboy holding a star, three narrow, gable-roofed houses, one of them having a ridged turret tower representing a church and two trees made of wood shavings. It is possible that the boys’ choir of the Kreuzkirche (the Church of the Holy Cross) in Dresden provided the original model for this charming scene.