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Räucherkerzen

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Räucherkerzen are candles that produce a scented smoke. Commonly found scents are incense, pine, cinnamon and honey.

Coming originally from the Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge) they are often used as part of Christmas decorations, such as Räuchermännchen.

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Schwibbogen

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

A Schwibbogen is an arc-shaped wooden candle holder that originated in the Erzgebirge area of Germany.

Modern versions have electrical candles on them and can often be seen in people’s windows.

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Leuchtmittelsteuer

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Leuchtmittelsteuer is a tax that was levied in Germany on light bulbs until the end of 1992.

Originally there was a tax on candle wax, but this was “modernised” at the beginning of the 20th Century.

The tax was discontinued as part of measures to harmonise taxes within the EU.

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Weihnachtspyramide

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

The Weihnachtspyramide is a German Christmas decoration which originally came from the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains).

It is usually a round, wooden form with four or more candles.  These candles produce the heat that turns the fan-shaped top, which in turn rotates the platforms on which small figures stand.

These figures often depict Christmas scenes, but may also show figures typical to the Erzgebirge such as people from the woods and the mountains.

Their shapes gives them their name – the rotating platforms are wider at the bottom than at the top, ie. a pyramid form.  However they only aquired this name at the end of the 18th century, when Napoleon invaded Egypt and the news of the pyramids there reached Germany.

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