…is always a slightly melancholy endeavor.
Packed away in a little brown box with my grandmother’s name and address, was a treasure that I forgot to display this past year!
“The popular arts and crafts from the Erzgebirge mountains have been in the hearts of many people from many countries because of their great variety. It began with the miners’ carving, went on to the making of bobbin-lace, and then coming onto the making of wooden toys. But most popular are the arts and crafts manufactured for Christmas which made the Erzgebirge region well-known as a “Christmas Country”. Their basis was the miners’ working and living environment which gave Christmas the sense of a “festival of light”. The pyramids, “Schwibbogen“, angel and miner candlesticks, made a special contribution to that. But the smokers and nutcrackers also gave Christmas in the Erzgebirge mountains a unique character. They all belong to the typical arts and crafts for Christmas.
Being the product of craftsmen and artists they are not only for Christmas decoration. They should not only be used for people’s enjoyment, but rather it should also show the heritage of their creation and development. It was the social and economical influence that changed the form of the crafts, not tradition. There were important changes in content, design, and function of the arts and crafts. The responsibility of our cultural heritage demands to compare the results of the history to the present time and to combine the best parts for creating new items showing our feeling for tradition. Let us not only show the tradition of the arts and crafts but also do all the best for preserving and developing them, and integrating them in our life.”
There are many more angel interpretations available, each with the individual characteristics of the original workshop :