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photoblog image In the Erzgebirge (Saxony), the "land of Christmas"

In the Erzgebirge (Saxony), the "land of Christmas"

 

Christmas in the Erzgebirge, "the Ore Mountains, is filled with lots of traditions. The wooden art and the Christmas markets are two reasons why the region is also called the „home of Christmas“ in Germany. Another important part of a Erzgebirge Christmas are the Miner’s parades, the so-called Bergparaden." In the following days I'll show some pictures of this lovely season in the Erzgebirge I visited last week.

The houses are often decorated with the 'Herrnhuter Stern", the Moravian Star (pic on the left), and behind the windows you see the so-called 'Schwibbögen' (Christmas arches, pic on the right) with their candles and lamps (now LED -lights). The streets in the towns and villages are illuminated in this way which gives them a homely, warm atmosphere.

 

"During the 18th century, many Erzgebirge miners would hang their pit lamps on the entry holes on the last working shift before Christmas. This started what is now the tradition of using Schwibbogen arches in Christmas décor. The earlier light hanging was a representation of the miners who would wish for the light that they did not have during their long work days. Most of the Schwibbogen from the earlier years were made with iron. Wood became a popular design for candle arches in the Erzgebirge, Black Forest region due to the bountifulness of wood. During the 20th century, most candle arch designs were produced using wood as the main material.
The light arches that we see today often depict religious scenes such as the nativity scene, Christmas carolers and churches. There are also beautiful arches that represent nature with forests and wild animals or local scenes from the Seiffen region such as the local Christmas fair, the Seiffen Church or various towns in the Erzgebirge region. These light arches are illuminated by candlelight or by electricity."

In the Erzgebirge (Saxony), the "land of Christmas"

 

Christmas in the Erzgebirge, "the Ore Mountains, is filled with lots of traditions. The wooden art and the Christmas markets are two reasons why the region is also called the „home of Christmas“ in Germany. Another important part of a Erzgebirge Christmas are the Miner’s parades, the so-called Bergparaden." In the following days I'll show some pictures of this lovely season in the Erzgebirge I visited last week.

The houses are often decorated with the 'Herrnhuter Stern", the Moravian Star (pic on the left), and behind the windows you see the so-called 'Schwibbögen' (Christmas arches, pic on the right) with their candles and lamps (now LED -lights). The streets in the towns and villages are illuminated in this way which gives them a homely, warm atmosphere.

 

"During the 18th century, many Erzgebirge miners would hang their pit lamps on the entry holes on the last working shift before Christmas. This started what is now the tradition of using Schwibbogen arches in Christmas décor. The earlier light hanging was a representation of the miners who would wish for the light that they did not have during their long work days. Most of the Schwibbogen from the earlier years were made with iron. Wood became a popular design for candle arches in the Erzgebirge, Black Forest region due to the bountifulness of wood. During the 20th century, most candle arch designs were produced using wood as the main material.
The light arches that we see today often depict religious scenes such as the nativity scene, Christmas carolers and churches. There are also beautiful arches that represent nature with forests and wild animals or local scenes from the Seiffen region such as the local Christmas fair, the Seiffen Church or various towns in the Erzgebirge region. These light arches are illuminated by candlelight or by electricity."

comments (18)

Big star. I like it.
Philine: I love the Herrnhuter Stars - I have been in Herrnhut, too. Many thanks, Larry!
A very nice collection Philine.
Philine: Many thanks, Frank!
Certainly a lovely set of photos - and information! Thank you, Philine!
Philine: Thank you very much, Elizabeth! You are blessed to have snow days, and a White Christmas might be expected.
L'heure des décorations est arrivée.
Philine: Beaucoup trop - mais cette saison est belle. Merci bien, Martine!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 7 Dec 2018, 06:47
This is wonderful, Philine. I like the star and I love the candle holder in front of the window. Great views too, with all the layers.
Philine: I especially love the Schwibbögen, next year I'll buy one, too, but we have some wooden handcraft from the Erzgebirge, for my grandma lived in Chemnitz (formerly Karl- Marx-Stadt). Heel bedankt, Astrid, and a lovely Advent time!
Une region qu'il doit être bien agreable de découvrir au moment des fêtes ..Merci
Philine: vraiment, Claudine, merci beaucoup!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Dec 2018, 06:53
This is all very new and interesting for me Philine
Philine: I'll show some traditions - it was a journey on the traces of many old traditions. The mines are past, but some of them are now open for visitors, we, too, visited a tin mine and enjoyed a 'Mettenschicht' with modest eating and drinking. In our country the last hard coal mines have now closed. I think the same situation is in some European countries. Many thanks, Chris!
You know how much I love the Christmas markets of Germany, Philine...the very best in the world. I will miss it this year but have so many happy memories to fall back on. I especially like the Moravian star!
Philine: Yes, there are some lovely Christmas markets. Im Münster there are too many markets and the traffic is horrible. Lots of Dutch people, too, I could help some of them in Dutch. Heel bedankt, Ginnie!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Dec 2018, 07:12
It all sounds delightful. I would like to see a proper German market one day rather than the poor make-believe substitutes which have sprung up in many places in England. It was fascinating to lean of the origin of the light arches; thank you for that.
Philine: I wonder that there are so many Christmas markets now in other countries. I assume that the wooden handcrafts from the Erzgebirge and the Stollen cake can be bought also in England. I especially like the Moravian stars. Many thanks, Alan, and a good bike ride, I read that you are the leader today, a responsible job.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 7 Dec 2018, 07:23
An interesting tradition, Philine
Philine: There are some traditions, and this was the issue of this journey. I am already in Advent mood -despite yesterday's experience. Many thanks, Lisl!
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 7 Dec 2018, 07:52
Thank you for this description of Saxony - the home of Weinachten. I should like to live in such a country where Christmas is celebrated properly. In England it seems that God has been elbowed out by Father Christmas.
Philine: It is a lovely part of Germany, a poor country in former days. The mines are now past, but some of them are open for visitors like our group. I love your last funny sentence, yes, you might be right, leider.
I look forward to seeing more of what looks to be a lovely place Philine
Philine: Yes, it is a lovely place and quite colder than here , we have 13 degr. C. In former years the Erzgebirge was also a skiing area. Many thanks, Bill! Yesterday I followed a bit the debate in the Parliament about the Brexit via live- internet.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 7 Dec 2018, 10:11
This is a lovely compilation of pictures and it is nice for me to learn something about this part of Saxony.
Philine: It is a lovely part of Germany in many respects, but not always of a good reputation (AfD ...), but "not all Saxons are brown" as we often heard saying. Heel bedankt, Louis!
  • Anne
  • France
  • 7 Dec 2018, 10:31
Très belles décorations.
Philine: une region très agreable - merci bien, Anne!
You and Ginnie are bringing the light to our attention today. Wonderful!! I love the Moravian Star paper lamps which are for purchase.
Philine: I, too, love the Moravian Star which can now be seen in our churches in yellow or red colour. Many thanks, Mary!
I prefer this type of Christmas decoration and celebrations rather than some of the gaudiness we witness here, Philine.
Philine: I agree with you, Beverly. Many thanks!
I like the window decoration, bottom left, in particular. Our next door neighbour returned from visiting his family near Cologne this week and brought back a German angel he bought for Maureen for a traditional German Christmas Market and it now stands on our mantlepiece.
Philine: I hope you will post a picture of this angel on SC. Many thanks, Brian!
a beautiful collage Philine... the top right is may favorite shot... the sun through the haze....petersmile

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