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Wilde About Texas: Fredericksburg’s Christmas Pyramid
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When the people of Fredericksburg were considering how they could best celebrate Christmas, the community turned to its past.
"We wanted something that reflected our German heritage," resident Betsy Mulder said.
What they came up with was a 30-foot-tall pyramid.
"The pyramid was built in Germany and we are the only municipality in the United States that has one of this scale on our town square," Fredericksburg Mayor Jeryl Hoover said.
It takes a crane to assemble the Christmas monument, and from the first time it was lit, it became a part of the city's holiday tradition.
"It was hand-done, hand-carved and hand-painted," Mulder said. "The people here that are very deeply steeped in the German culture just loved it."
The pyramid features depictions of the nativity, carolers and angels.
"We have worked to have a traditional German heritage Christmas,” Hoover said. “Lots of lights, ornaments on the trees, lots of people walking up and down shopping, we just have a great time here at Christmas."
In addition to the Christmas Pyramid, Fredericksburg also has a traditional tree with German-style ornaments.
Both remain lit into the New Year. The plaza also boasts an ice skating rink.