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The holidays are a special time of year, and we could all use a little extra holiday cheer. From collectibles to trimmings to tableware, our Holiday Home Collection will make your season bright.  

German Christmas Collectibles

Authentic German Christmas Pyramid Spinners 

Christmas Pyramids undoubtedly belong to the most impressive items the Erzgebirge has to offer and these German spinners are also known as Erzgebirge Christmas Pyramid. The history of the wooden Christmas pyramids dates back to the 16th century. Although there is no proof for it, there are indications that the nowadays very popular tradition of the Christmas tree has evolved from the first Christmas Carousel in the Erzgebirge Germany.

How the German Christmas Pyramid has Evolved

At first, the Miners tied several wooden sticks together at the top and placed hand-carved wooden figurines and candles below this Rack and called it LIGHT RACK (German: Lichtergestell). At first, there was no movement on the Light Rack.

Later the Erzgebirge craftsmen developed new features. A wooden staff was put into the middle of the Light Rack and a propeller (impeller) was tied to the staff. On the bottom, the craftsmen added a wooden plate that was also tied to the middle staff of the pyramid. Because of the candle heat, the propeller started to move and the plate with the figurines started to turn. Today an Erzgebirge Christmas pyramid is much more elaborate and perfected compared to the first turning pyramids. But the basic elements are still the same.

More than any other item from the Erzgebirge these antique Christmas pyramids express the Erzgebirge woodworking tradition, the love of the craftsmen for their homeland. Along with Christmas Ornaments and German Incense Smokers, the Christmas pyramids are an important element of the German Christmas tradition. During Christmas time one of the course finds more Christmas trees than Christmas pyramids in German homes but the number of Christmas pyramids is also very high and is still growing continuously.

Today the Erzgebirge manufacturers craft a huge variety of handmade Christmas pyramids. These pyramids are also known as the german nativity pyramid as most pyramids show a nativity scene or a scene of the local Erzgebirge nature. The size of the pyramids ranges from 20 cm (8 inches) to almost 2 meters (78 inches). There are even workshops that individually craft single pieces for Christmas fairs that are up to 8 meters (26 ft.) tall.

Although most Christmas pyramids are driven by candle heat, the electrical carousels have become more popular in the last 10 years. Particularly the larger Christmas pyramids over 1 meter (39 inches) have become popular with an electrical motor to turn the impeller and the tiers. Some of the most popular manufacturers of Christmas Pyramids are Müller Kleinkunst, Richard Glässer, and KWO Olbernhau.

The popularity of Christmas Pyramids

Christmas pyramids have started their triumphal procession from the small town of Seiffen in the Erzgebirge with about 3000 inhabitants and have become very popular all over the world. Besides Germany, the Erzgebirge Christmas Carousels decorate homes in many homes in the USA, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Italy, Netherlands, China, and many other countries.

The Christmas Pyramid (Weihnachtspyramide) Has been part of the German Christmas tradition for centuries. With a name like Christmas Pyramid, you would think that they were influenced by the Egyptian pyramids, but that is not the case. They are actually inspired by mining capstans. German travelers started calling these Christmas decorations "pyramids" and the name has stuck ever since. The Weihnachtspyramide is also not only a Christmas decoration; traditionally they were made to celebrate every season and holiday. They became very popular in the 1830s with the discovery of kerosene, as candles at that time were very expensive.

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History

In the mountains of central Germany, in a tiny town tucked away, the Christmas ornaments we love today were born. The town of Lauscha, Germany was famously known in the late 16th century for its specialty in glass blowing. In traditional European tradition, families would decorate their Christmas trees with fruits like apples and oranges, nuts, and tinsel, Apples represented the forbidden fruit discussed in the bible, but fresh fruit was too costly for some families. In 1847, a direct descendant of Lauscha’s first glassmaker, Hans Greiner created Christmas tree decorations that last Christmas after Christmas. He went to work creating baubles or ornaments, in the shape of apples, oranges, nuts, and other simple designs. These designs remain a tradition that is popular worldwide.  

Royal Influence

In the 1800s German and English immigrants brought the European Christmas traditions to the USA. These traditions grew with popularity and everyone wanted to have beautiful Christmas decorations to brighten up the cold winter days,  

Queen Victoria was a huge influence on Christmas trees and decorations. Victoria celebrating her German husband's and even her Mother’s traditions, this helped increase the acceptance of these German traditions. Decorated Christmas trees Have since become the most popular tradition of the Holiday Season.

Retail Splendor

Shop owners also saw the business potential in Christmas ornaments. Woolworth's store owner visited Germany in the 1880s and decided to import wonderful Christmas ornaments made of blown glass to sell in his stores. He started a long tradition of selling glass-blown Christmas ornaments like you see today. We now sell them via the web and online instead of a shop.

Most of these glass ornaments were made in Germany until after World War II. Other ornaments were made of fiberboard and glittered (a thick type of cardboard) and depicted angels and other scenes. Putz houses are a great example of this type of décor. Hallmark Keepsake ornaments began in 1973, marking a yearly tradition for many families.

How Christmas Ornaments Are Made

Christmas ornaments today have taken on details and themed designs that would leave our ancestors speechless. We still can’t believe ornaments are still made the same way they have always been or at least since 1847, like the Christmas ornaments from Christopher Radko to Traditional ones from Old World Christmas. Using heat from a torch, clear glass cylinders with a long blow-pipe are blown until they’ve created a bulb. These are then placed into molds to create the pieces you love today. As the glassmaker gradually takes the temperature from molten to a more manageable temperature.

The glass is added to the cooling oven for ornaments to temper.  The artisans add silvering solution into the Christmas Ornament’s stem and the entire thing is dipped into warm water, activating the silvering chemicals for a mirror-like finish of the Christmas ornament. The next step is to dip the Christmas ornaments in lacquer for color and hand-painted to their unique features bringing them to life.

Christmas themes are our specialty

Themes are one way to show your style. Whether it’s a modern theme or retro we suggest picking something near and dear to your heart. We suggest making your tree or mantle the centerpiece of your collection and build off of that.  Adding silver or pewter bowls of ornaments or apothecary jars filled with sparkling baubles. Your style will show through these wonderful holiday traditions.  

Traditional Christmas ornaments are one of our favorites, but why not add some whimsy with some of our favorites like the woodsman or squirrel woodland-themed ornaments?

We use Christmas ornaments in many different ways from Garland to small tabletop trees; we’ve even placed them into bowls on a cocktail table. If you’re looking for more ideas on where to hang Christmas tree ornaments for the season or for all year round check out our Facebook and Instagram posts during the holiday season.

Hanging Christmas Ornaments throughout the House

We say don’t limit yourself to just using ornaments on a tree. When you have more than you can fit onto your tree, garlands and wreaths are the perfect solutions for overflow ornaments.

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At Timothy De Clue Collection, we have a wide variety of handmade Christmas ornaments. Now shop these unique ornaments online and avail a worldwide shipment. 

Our Collection of Christmas ornaments, German Christmas PyramidsChristmas collectiblesHalloween decorationsscented candles will bring holiday charm into your home. Shop them all together online from the comfort of your home and save multiple shipment costs.

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