Candle Arches / Schwibbogen
Candle Arches / Schwibbogen handmade in Germany
Candle Arches are called „Schwibbogen” in Germany and are a widespread Christmas decoration in Germany. When walking through German towns during Christimas season, you can see a lot of windows lighted with them.
The first predecessor of Candle Arches was manufactured 1726 from wrought iron. Nowadays they are mainly produced from wood and show different motifs. Very popular are motifs that reflect the everyday life of the miners and their families. Other variations show Christian motifs from the Christmas story or the forest and its animals. Another well-known motif is the church of the Erzgebirge village of Seiffen, famous for its folk art.
The lights placed on the arch were an expression of the miners' longing for daylight, which they often did not get to see for weeks, especially in the winter months; at the start of work in the early morning it was still dark, and by the end of the shift in the evening the sun had already set.