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Seiffen, Church
Europe
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The town of Seiffen is located in the district of Erzgebirgskreis, which is in the central south of the Free State of Saxony in Germany. The earliest record of the town dates to 1324 when it was referred to as "Cynsifen". Seiffen nestles in the heart of the Ore Mountains (German: Erzgebirge), which are famous for many Christmas traditions. As the silver and tin deposits declined, former miners had to look for new ways to feed their families. In addition to lace making and weaving, the local population turned to wood carving. Nutcrackers, "smoking men", Christmas pyramids (carousels with figures of the Christmas story or from mining) and Schwibbögen (wooden candle arches, displayed in windows, symbolising the opening of a mine) are some of many Christmas goods made in the Ore Mountains. Seiffen is a centre of the wooden toy industry.
Copyright: Frank Ellmerich
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Taken: 09/03/2018
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Updated: 06/01/2019
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Tags: germany; sachsen; saxony; ore; mountans; erzgebirge; seiffen; christmas; tradition; silver; miners; nutcracker; smoking; man; schwibbogen
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