If you are looking for truly lovely ornaments, Erzgebirge ornaments can not be beat.
The term Erzgebirge refers to the Ore Mountains, a low mountain range in eastern Germany. It lies to the south of Saxonia and is known as one of the most beautiful and traditional regions in the world. It spans 90 miles in length and its 25 miles wide.
The rough climate in the area made for a late settlement as compared to other regions of Germany. But when settlers came in the 12th century, they found the region was full of silver and tin making for a profitable mining industry. As a result, several magnificent castles and churches were built.
But over time, the mining industry in the area dried up. As a result, many of the workers turned to wood crafting. The region is now known for its highly detailed handmade items many of which are displayed during the holiday season.
What Type of Erzgebirge Crafts are Popular During the Holiday Season?
Here are some Erzgebirge items you may consider adding to your holiday décor.
Pyramids: Pyramids are wood carved scenes (often Christmas themed) that have an arched candleholder above them. Once the candles are lit, the pyramid spins around filling the room with a warm glow.
Smokers: Smokers are made to hold incense. They usually feature an everyday life motif. As a result, most of them are formed into salesmen, bakers, foresters, miners, chimney sweepers, etc. Nowadays, there are a few Christmas characters snuck in as well.
Nutcrackers: Today, nutcrackers are more decorative as opposed to being used for their intended purpose of cracking nuts. They are usually carved to symbolize images of authority like kings, soldiers, and gendarmes. They are a symbol of good luck in German culture and are a popular Christmas item due to The Nutcracker ballet.
Candle Arches: Candle arches are similar to pyramids in that they feature a scene at the bottom and an arched candleholder over the top. However, they do not spin around. And as opposed to wood, the first candle arches were made of wrought iron.
Wooden Angels: Angels are a popular symbol of the holiday season. Erzgebirge workshops have created various collectors’ series that stand out for their detail and beauty.
Advent Houses: Advent houses bring people of all faiths together to cultivate a community. Erzgebirge workers create wooden advent houses with propellers on top that spin via electricity. They are a lovely addition to any holiday design.
If you are hoping to create a stunning holiday design this year, Erzgebirge decorations are the ultimate addition. They are lovely, hand-crafted pieces that will make your décor stand out. Which will you be adding to this year’s ornamentation?