To help celebrate the joyful Christmastime in old Amana, the families would display their 3-foot-high, white wooden Christmas pyramid on a nice table. These were mostly a Saxon, Germany tradition and brought to the Amanas. They had round tiers and were decorated with candles that, when lit their rising heat turned the paddles on top of the pyramid, causing the tiers to slowly rotate. The reflections of the flickering candles on the walls gave the room a special nuance. The pyramid shelves were decorated with lots of fancy animals, angels, shepherds, and such. The pyramids are still made today and help make Christmastime very special in the Colony homes.