Thursday, November 19, 2009
New German Christmas Pyramid at Marktplatz!
Fredericksburg has just become the proud owner of the largest German Christmas pyramid in the United States. The traditional German Christmas symbol was built in Germany and was assembled locally by German craftsman. It has been suggested that this type of pyramid is the precursor to today's Christmas tree. According to Wikipedia, "[The Christmas pyramid] is a kind of Carousel with several levels some depicting Christian motifs, such as angels or manger scenes, and others with more secular motifs such as mountain-folk, forests, and other scenes from the everyday life of people in the Erzgebirge. The spinning motion of the pyramids is traditionally achieved with the help of candles whose rising heat spins a propeller above."
The pyramid will soon be formally inducted as a new Fredericksburg tradition and will serve as a focal point of our beautiful Marktplatz during the holidays. Come see us and help us celebrate!