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 inhabitants went into wood carving. Nutcrackers, “smoking men”, “pyramids” (carousels with figures of the Christmas story or from mining) and Schwibbogen (wooden arches with candles representing a mine entrance) are some of many Christmas goods made in the Ore Mountains. Seiffen in the East Ore Mountains is a centre of the wooden toy industry.

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