Weihnachtspyramide

Weihnachtspyramide by Charlie O'Shields

I don’t own one of these, but this is the one I would like Philippe to buy me. In trying to figure out what the heck these things are called, Philippe said they were Carillons de Noël, but the German ones like this were called Christmas Pyramids which sounds Egyptian. I ended up opting for just the German word for the title of this post, because it just looks like something you can’t quite figure out.

When I was a kid we used to have the metal ones which were called “chimes” even though they didn’t make any sound at all. I always thought they were so magical, but for some reason, the wooden ones seem even more magical to me. Even though my sister lived in Germany for several years, I never managed to get one of these, but I did get an awesome little cuckoo clock, so I didn’t mind at all. Perhaps one day, I’ll own one of these, but for now, I’ll just doodlewash it.

This time of year has proven extra busy and although I make time to doodlewash daily, writing has been really tough to squeeze in before dinner. So for now, I hope you enjoy the whatever-this-is-called and I’ll be back tomorrow with the whatever-you-tell-me-to-paint!

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45 Comments
  1. Jacob 2 years ago

    I don’t care if it’s only quarter to one in the morning – this has made my day, Charlie! I’m pleased as punch that I voted for this. We used to have one of these… or rather, I badgered and badgered for mum to get us one, as my grandparents had quite a spectacular one which was three tiers-high. Ours had a nativity scene on it, though (I think), not cute teddy bears. I was captivated by the thing, as I am your marvellous doodlewash! Love.

    • Author

      Yay! One you actually voted for! Hehe…did you rig this one? 😉and that’s so cool!! I’m glad this brought my memories! And jealous you had one! Lol I’ve been wanting one for years. I’d prefer teddy bears though. You know…just if you’re out shopping and see one that you might pick up for me. 😃

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        Haha! I didn’t even have to rig! Not that I have in the past, of course.

        I’ll keep a look out. 😉 I’m with you though, I’d much rather have had this cool teddy bear one, it’s amazing!

  2. Marcus 2 years ago

    incredible work! I am simply amazed at such talent. — be careful with the “whatever-you-tell-me-to-paint” offer … the world is full of strange people. I know. I am one.

    • Author

      Haha! Then I already really like you, Marcus! Love strange people! And the options this time are pretty strange in description I just realized. 😊Hope you cast your vote! 😉

      • Marcus 2 years ago

        I voted 🙂 … what, aren’t you giving little “I Voted” stickers?
        hehe
        😉

      • Author

        Haha! Good idea! Votes have been a little low lately, perhaps it would help them increase! Lol

      • Marcus 2 years ago

        that or a warm chocolate chip cookie

      • Author

        Yeah…definitely a cookie! Better idea… you can’t eat an “I Voted” sticker

      • Marcus 2 years ago

        well you could … with enough mustard …

      • Author

        Hmmm…mustard? I was thinking fried…everything tastes good fried! Lol

  3. Nancy 2 years ago

    Very nice details! I’ve always thought these were cool too. We had a metal one when I was little as well. You would light candles and the rising heat make the propeller spin. They in turn made the chimes ring. Was your like that?

    • Author

      Yep! Mine was like that, but cheaper and quieter! I think we did have one for a time that did make a sound, but it magically disappeared and my mom came back with a silent one. Hehe

      • Nancy 2 years ago

        Funny, that’s happened to several of my children’s toys too. Hmmm?

      • Author

        Haha…I guess it will just remain a mystery how that always seems to happen. 😉

  4. thepaperbaker 2 years ago

    Wow! My husband’s aunt just gave me a three tier one of these…..FABULOUS DOODLEWASH 🙂

    • Author

      Oooooo….I’m so jealous!! Hehe…I’ve been wanting one of these for years! What an awesome gift! And thanks, Nicole! 💕😃Glad you liked the doodlewash!

  5. memadtwo 2 years ago

    Hey Charlie, this is pretty spectacular. I’ll second that wow. Great job. (K)

  6. Kari 2 years ago

    I actually have never seen one. This is so incredibly detailed! Just so pretty!

  7. kirkistan 2 years ago

    Great drawing! Very cheery. We had one of these and I think i was far more fascinated than our kids were, Nice job.

  8. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    Your details are AMAZING Charlie! I have never seen one like this before. The one we had as kids was very cheaply made if I recall correctly – with gold angels but always fun to watch. I think it sounds similar to what Nancy describes. Gosh, it has been years since I thought about it! Thanks Charlie for helping me remember. 💖💕😊

    • Author

      Thanks Jill!! 💕😃 Yeah, I saw this teddy bear one and thought…this please!! I need this!!! Lol We had the cheap “gold” ones as well growing up. But still a fun memory isn’t it?! Hehe 😃🎄

  9. rebecca 2 years ago

    Love love love German Christmas decorations! This is a real beauty too!!

  10. Great work! Hope Phillipe reads your post so he knows to get you one. I told me husband I wanted those Russian stacking dolls (I’ve always wanted them) but I don’t think they’ll be under the tree. I could see you painting them 😉

    • Author

      Thanks Eileen!! Oh…he never reads the words under my posts so I’m pretty sure it won’t be under my tree either! Lol But those stacking dolls are cool! I’ve never owned a set, so I guess I’ll have to add them to my wish list as well! 👍🏻😃

  11. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    What ever this is you have doodle washed it beautifully. I can see why you want one. Have a happy day Charlie!

  12. Phil Cooper 2 years ago

    Ah, love this! Having just moved to Germany I’m seeing them everywhere here, some incredibly elaborate, they’re a really nice thing to bring out at Christmas , we’re going to have it get one 😉

  13. Your details are amazing Charlie!!! Nice work!!

  14. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    OH MY! This is such a beautiful, and detailed, painting…simply lovely!…I don’t know what it is called either, but now I want one too…./hugs

  15. Damita M-S 2 years ago

    I have never seen one before. It is cute though. I hope you get one for Christmas and share a photo. 😊

    • Author

      Thanks!! 😃I doubt I will get one. My list has already gotten too long already. Philippe has probably already cut me off like one would a small child. 😊hehe

  16. Susan Feniak 2 years ago

    Wonderful detail!

  17. Cathe 2 years ago

    I don’t know what these are called but whenever I see them I’m totally fascinated by them! I feel the same about your painting, absolutely wonderful Charlie!

    • Author

      Aww thanks, Cathe!! 💕😃 I wish I actually owned one, but never think to get it in time to display during the season. 😊

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