Waking the angels
Christmas is a celebration of love, togetherness and family. In the home of Götz Bellmann, the family prepares for this special celebration in keeping with the old traditions of the Ore Mountains. On the First of Advent of every year, they fetch crates and boxes from the attic and unpack the ever-growing treasure trove of historical Christmas decorations. In the Ore Mountains, where the family of the Berlin-based architect has its roots, this tradition is referred to as ‘waking the angels’. Illuminated figures such as angels, miners and nutcrackers are as essential a part of Christmas culture there as “Schwibbögen”, or candle arches, which illuminate the windows of every home on dark winter nights. But truly the most special adornment in every house is the Christmas pyramid, which, decorated with little figures and candles, brings (pre-)Christmas splendour to any living room.