What are Schwibboegen or German Christmas Arches?
Schwibboegen are a popular Christmas
decorated that that is made of wood that is shaped like an arch and has either
wax or electric candles. German
Christmas Arches are hand made in the Erzebirge region or Ore
Mountains of Germany
renowned for mining and hand crafted Christmas decorations. The shape of the arch is said to be modeled
on the arched opening of a mine shaft. Schwibboegen
are displayed between Advent and New Year.
History of Schwibboegen
The Erzebirge region was once a booming mining area where tin and iron ore were
mined. After the 17th century,
the mining industry waned and the miners converted their woodworking skills
into producing Christmas decorations and German folk art. The miners decided to fashion a way to display
candles in the window during Christmas time.
They drew upon the opening to the mine shaft which they passed through
daily during mining times.
Wax candles where originally used and in later times, electric lights were added. After WWII, American soldiers stationed in Germany started to bring back German Christmas
Arches home with them to the USA. The woodworking studios in German then
started to create electric schwibboegen 110 watt plugs suitable for the USA power
Common Design Themes
German Christmas arches commonly depict the following scenes:
Outdoor Winter Scenes
The famous Church in SeiffenChristmas TreesSantaChildren SleddingChristmas Gifts