Tuesday, November 18, 2014
German-Style Christmas Decor!
German-Style Christmas Family Room
Our time in Germany has been on my mind a lot since I wrote my son Geoff's Birthday Story about his birth in Bremerhaven. Story is found here: Made in Germany! Not too long after I wrote this post, I went to a high school fundraiser yard sale and found the most amazing thing!
Large Nativity Pyramid.
I couldn't believe my good fortune when I saw this huge Nativity Pyramid. The lady who owned it said I could have it for $25. I was floored...did she not know the value of a genuine Erzgebirge Pyramid? Needless to say, I very guiltily and giddily handed over the money and we skedaddled off like crooks after a bank heist. George was seriously doubting the authenticity of the piece, so I went online to my favorite source Nutcracker Company.
Close up of Nativity figures.
The loft doors open to reveal angel musicians.
I learned that the piece is 22 inches in height, is no longer produced and sure to be a family heirloom for years to come. Nutcracker Company was selling it for...$499. This is marked down from $899. When I read that I felt even more like I stole it...but not guilty enough to send an anonymous check. This is when I decided it was time to display all my German keepsakes.
Pyramid in sofa table display.
I made the Advent wreath a couple of years ago.
The hedgehog dolls were made by the mother of Julie Campbell of A Vintage Chic.
Cuter than Steiff by far!!
March of the Mantel Nutcrackers.
Most are German...but which?
Faux Dresden Snowman I made a few weeks ago.
I've hung the others from garlands...not shown.
Tree Corner and Shelves filled with German Items I've Collected.
I still have a bunch of dolls, Christmas plates and other items I didn't put out.
Little house holds a tiny German village.
Found quirky hedgehog last week at an antique mall.
Shadow box holds my few remaining German ornaments from 1980.
Close-up of little tree.
The straw angels were from a Swedish shop at Epcot.
Wooden German Engel/Angel
I found a dozen wooden German angels in a bag at Savers. I think I paid $2 for the bag. When I got home I looked them up on a Nutcracker web site to see if they were still being made. I found them listed for $40 each! Another luckiest of lucky finds!
Pinned it...and did it!
The pin from Sugar Spice & Southern Life.
I have a board for things I have made or been inspired by on Pinterest.
My quicky version.
I had everything to stick in the yellow bowl...temporarily until the season ends.
I have finished decorating the family room, kitchen, and front entry.
I can't put the tree up in the living room until after Thanksgiving, but I will be glad to have a breather!
Can't wait to see what you all create this year!
Giant Pyramid at Dusseldorf Christmas Fair