For some of us, one of the most exciting parts of the holidays is adding colourful and creative decorations to liven up our living spaces. If you’re looking for some fun and unique ways to decorate your home for the holidays this year, here are some of our favourite creative German-themed ideas to try out!
German Christmas pyramids were originally handcrafted from the Erzgebirge region of Germany. Steeped in local folklore, these uniquely decorated pyramids are made with a central carousel that’s contained by an outer pyramid-like frame that holds candles within it. These are commonly designed with nativity scenes, forest scenes, mining folk, and more. Light the candles around the outer frame and watch as it turns to creates a warm, captivating and festive atmosphere in your home.
If you want your home to smell just as inviting as it looks, then a German smoker can do the trick. These incense-burning decorations were once made from paper mache or dough. Today, they’re hand-carved from wood. These carvings commonly display typical German villagers, such as a baker, wood maker or fisherman. German smokers are ideal for displaying something whimsical all year long while making your home smell amazing at the same time.
You can find these carved holders in a wide range of styles for the holidays, including snowmen, Santa, elves, and other Christmas characters and scenes. They also make a great little holiday gift for a friend, co-worker or family member who has German roots or appreciates uniquely handcrafted gifts.
Did you know that German nutcrackers have been around since the 15th century? It’s true! Legend has it that a farmer once offered a reward to anyone who could make it easier to crack open the walnuts he grew. A puppet maker presented a brightly crafted wooden doll that could easily crack the nuts with its jaw. Thus, the official nutcracker was born. Today, you can find these carved and hand-painted dolls all over the world, either as soldiers or kings, with a jaw fit for cracking those stubborn nuts. They’ve become a true Christmas staple and are especially handy since nuts are commonly munched on during the holidays.
If you’re looking to add some holiday cheer to your home with traditional German-themed décor, come by the Frankenmuth Clock Company store in Michigan or browse our online collection. We carry an impressive variety of German clocks and more!