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German Christmases are filled with interesting traditions, from unique German smokers to ornate Christmas pyramids.
Another classic German tradition that I love is the use of Christmas music boxes. These adorable musical decorations adorn countless German homes throughout the Christmas season.
German wooden music boxes have been sought-after Christmas gifts for centuries.
The first music boxes were designed to be a children’s toy, but their craftsmanship and musical abilities have evolved over time to become treasured keepsakes for people of all ages. These handcrafted holiday items typically come from the same region in Germany – Erzebirge.
In this area, skilled woodworkers create a variety of beautiful Christmas classics, including wooden nutcrackers, decorative Christmas pyramids, ornate nativity scenes, and lovely German smokers. Music boxes crafted in this region are traditionally made from wood and range from basic hand-crank boxes to boxes using elaborate Swiss mechanisms to control the music.
What makes German music boxes unique are their design.
While most decorative items from this region originally focused on Christmas elements, they no longer always feature Christmas elements. That’s why these beautiful boxes make such great gifts! Music boxes with a Christmas theme are great for decorating during the holidays. But purchasing a handcrafted German music box with a less seasonal theme for your loved one is a wonderful way to show you care during the holiday season.
If you’re looking for the best Christmas music boxes – you’ll love one of these beautiful designs:
North Pole Music Box
There is so much to love about this beautiful North Pole music box.
The large tree with lit candles, Santa handing out gifts, and the elves at the toy shop all make this lovely German music box a great choice for your holiday display.
Christmas Angels Music Box
Angels are another way to decorate for the holiday season – and using angels in your holiday décor is a classic way to decorate in the German style. That makes this beautiful hand-painted wooden music box the perfect choice!
The adorable Christmas angels on top of this handcrafted music box create a truly unique holiday decoration.
Angel Music Box
Not all German music boxes feature ornate designs. Some music boxes feature simple scenes with more folksy characters, like this cute angel music box.
The scene on top of this German music box includes a collection of traditional holiday elements, like a Christmas tree and angels, and the simple design is indicative of the displays featured in many handcrafted German Christmas decorations.
May Pole Dance
If you’re looking for a German music box gift idea, you’ll love this beautiful May Pole dance music box.
Featuring a group of German dancers circling a floral May Pole, this lovey hand panted box would make the perfect gift.
Silent Night Music Box
From the snow topped Christmas trees to the stately snowman, this ornate snowman music box has so many interesting elements. And with the classic winter scene depicted on this lovely music box, you can display it long after the holidays have passed.
Garden Music Box
Any gardener would love to receive this beautiful handcrafted garden music box.
With a set of gardeners spinning around their garden to music, this lovely hand painted music box has so many intricate details to enjoy each time it plays.
Wedding Music Box
Do you have newlyweds on your holiday shopping list this year? They’ll love this beautiful wedding music box.
Handmade in Germany, this lovely music box features a bride and groom under a decorative wedding arch – the perfect way to celebrate a wedding this holiday season.
Shepherd Music Box
Shepherds are another popular Christmas character in Germany. From shepherd smokers to shepherd nutcrackers, you’ll find this classic character in a variety of styles throughout German history.
That makes this adorable shepherd music box a great piece to add to your collection of German Christmas décor. In addition to the cute handcrafted wooden sheep and hand painted wooden base, this beautiful music box also includes a classic depiction of one of the more popular German Christmas symbols – the shepherd.
With a trio of children spinning on top to a cute musical tune, this wooden music box is sure to be a keepsake your loved one will cherish for years to come.
Children in Winter
This seasonal depiction of children playing is another great option, either as a gift or as a part of your holiday music box collection. With an evergreen tree in the center and a set of children spinning around the top, this cute children in winter German music box is sure to be a popular choice this holiday season.