Christmas Pyramid

Several years ago, The Dreamer bought me this for Christmas.

I love it – the mixture of beauty and science; the flickering light patterns; the hypnotic movement. I loved that he picked this on his own. No advice. No suggestion.

I have owned several different versions of Christmas pyramids. One version was made out of metal and as the windmill turned, a small metal “stick” hanging from the windmill, would strike a bell, adding sound to the movement and light.

I remember one we owned just didn’t want to turn and the balsa wood on the windmill started blackening and smouldering.

I never knew they had a specific name, until I googled them to write this post.

Although this takes up a bit of space when packed up, it is a keeper. Not just for its beauty, but as The Dreamer gifted it to me. Every now and then, I think of passing it on to someone- we’ve got our joy from it – but then I set it up and remember it is lovely. So I’ll keep it until it breaks or gets too dusty and grimy.

Do you have a special Christmas decoration?

7 thoughts on “Christmas Pyramid

    • My mother, understandably, had many of these and so I just thought everyone did. Wasn’t for many years until I found out we had the best decorations. But not lights. They were something we never did.

  1. I have a thin metal drindl (ok, no idea of German names) which I bought in Heidelberg one Christmas when I upped and left last minute to have a very white Christmas. I think it was 2010. It’s a bit worse for wear now – tarnished. But I put it out on my kitchen table when I set up decorations, and got it a fresh tealight candle. I just need to light it! I noticed a lot of my collection of things for Christmas are from Germans.

  2. Having lived in Germany for three years when I was younger, we also had some lovely German ornaments. As an adult, I hosted a German exchange student for part of a year even though my own children were much younger at the time. As a thank you for hosting her daughter, her mother sent me a large box of German Christmas ornaments–everything made of wood and all absolutely gorgeous. It included a carved advent candle stand, painted red with a large golden orbed star in the middle. With it were a host of tiny wooden painted angels about 3cm high–each playing a different musical instrument. There was also a carved hunter standing about 8cm tall smoking a pipe–and as you might have guessed–it is actually an incense smoker. These items are still going strong almost 40 years later. When I was visiting the Black Forest in September, I bought some small carved wooden Christmas trees to pass on to my adult children. I agree with you about the German ornaments–the best.

    • Ahhh. Lucky you. Never had one of those smoking ornaments. Though I think an aunt did.

      There’s a place that sell imported German ornaments here. Not the Chinese copies. I am so tempted to buy more.

      When I was about 10 my Oma went back to Germany for a visit and brought me back a carved mushroom with little birds under it. I still have it. Slightly grimy and a little damaged. I looked for a replacement but had no luck.

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