Bearer of light
He flitted into the churches as an enunciator at Christmas time. The snug parlours of homes in the Erzgebirge he entered during the 19th century – a companion of the Lichterbergmann (lightbearing miner), the figure of a simple miner wearing a green hat, hammer and pick. The Nuremberg tinsel angel made from thin brass foil served as models for the angel figures. The original multi-pointed crown of the angel was also changed into a simple turned drum that mirrors the tall hat worn by the miners.
Until today many families in the region follow the tradition to give an angel to little girls and a miner to little boys as their first Christmas present.
The most beautiful Christmas angels in Dresden can be found at the Jägerhof.