Although I don’t like Winter, Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I love all the lights, Christmas carols, and decorations. The Ore Mountain region of Saxony, my home state, has a long tradition of wood crafts, including various types of Christmas decor. I wanted to share some of my traditional German Christmas decoration with you.
The Herrenhut Star, also called a Moravian Star, was originally invented by members of the Moravian Church in the town of Herrenhut. A symbol for the star of Bethlehem, it’s made up of several geometric cone or pyramid shapes that are put together to form a star. A light bulb is suspended in the middle to illuminate it at night. Traditionally they were made out of paper and connected by brass paper fasteners. These days they are often made out of plastic to make them more durable. We always had one in our home so I was very happy when my parents gifted me one a few years back.
One kind of common wooden Christmas decorations are angel orchestras. They come in various designs by many different manufacturers. Mine is by a company called Blank. I’ve been collecting them since I was a young girl. It has become a family tradition for my parents to gift me a new angel every Christmas so over the years my collection has grown more and more. I love how whimsical they are.
Ore Miner and Angel
This is one of my most priced possessions. The ore miner and angel set, as well as the tablecloth, were given to me by my grandma. The table cloth was hand-embroidered by my great grandma so these items hold a lot of sentimental value. The figurines depict an ore miner in his traditional parade uniform and an angel holding candles. This Wikipedia articles has a very interesting explanation of their symbolism.
My last German Christmas decoration is something that I brought with me when I went to Germany in October. I’ve been wanting a traditional Schwibbogen for a long time and when the very best boyfriend and I went to Germany over the summer we found one that we really liked. It shows the Frauenkirche, a church in my hometown of Dresden, surrounded by stalls of the Striezelmarkt, the Dresden Christmas market. In front of the church are three members of a famous Dresden choir, the Kreuzchor. I love how the church, the trees in the background, the stalls, and the miniature street lamps light up. It really reminds me of home.
I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my Christmas traditions. What are some of your favorite decorations?