Christmas Pyramids from the Erzgebirge

Christmas pyramids are an essential part of Christmas in every household in Seiffen and indeed in the whole of the Erzgebirge. Alongside nutcrackers, incense smokers, and candle arches, they are the most popular decorations. The candlelight they produce creates a really cozy atmosphere and the patterns of light they project on the ceiling make every child’s heart beat faster.




The History of the Christmas Pyramid

The basic design for the Christmas pyramid originated from the shape and operation of the horse whim, a kind of windlass used in mining to bring mined materials up to the surface.

At the beginning of the 18th century, Lichtergestelle (literally, light stands) were decorated with sprigs of evergreen and candles. By the end of the 18th century, they had evolved into rotating towers. And over time these were honed to become what we know today as the Christmas pyramid.


How does a Christmas pyramid work?

The wooden frame of the Christmas pyramid is mounted on a base plate. The pyramid comprises one or more rotating discs decorated with small figures. These are attached to the spindle (shaft). Wooden fan blades are positioned on top of the spindle with the blades of the fan tilted at a slight angle. The point of the spindle sits in a small disc in the base of the pyramid. This disc may be made from glass, ceramic or steel. When the candles of the pyramid are lit, the rising warmth from the flames starts to turn the blades and thus the rotating discs.


Many different types

There are many different types of pyramids. Traditional models such as whim pyramids remind us of the origins of the Christmas pyramid. Pyramids may come with a single tier, or with many tiers. They are driven by pyramid candles or tea lights. If you decide on a tea light pyramid, you should use special pyramid tea lights. Only these guarantee a uniformly strong flame.



Never leave lighted candles unattended. If the pyramid stops rotating, it is important to sort it out quickly. This is the only way to guarantee long-term enjoyment from your pyramid.


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