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Herrnhut, which means “under the Lord’s protection”, was founded at the beginning of the C18th by the forefathers of the Moravian Church who were forced to flee their homeland of Bohemia and Moravia. Thanks to the shelter provided by Count Zinzendorf, they founded a new settlement in the region of Oberlausitz to call home and work. This new town was the birthplace of the new “Herrnhuter Brüderunität”, commonly known today as the Moravian Church – a place where missionaries were sent out all over the world. Whilst their parents dedicated themselves to mission work in many corners of the world, the children received a very good education in Moravian boarding schools to grant them greater opportunities later in life.

Herrnhut stars make a special appearance during the Advent and Christmas season to decorate apartments, churches, and squares.  For 160 years, these stars have been handmade in different sizes and colours. Each star 25 points – 17 four-sided and 8 three-sided. Alongside traditional paper stars used for indoor purposes, there are also weatherproof plastic stars ideally suited for outdoors. The stars come in traditional Christmas colours of red, yellow and white and the variety of combinations in each product range, provides a wide variety of stars for each unique decorative need.

Larger stars with a diameter between 40cm and 80cm are particularly suitable for decorating living rooms, conservatories or pergolas, while the smallest stars, with a diameter of 13cm, are impressive when hung alone or in a row.

Individual stars look beautiful decorating bowls, seasonable table arrangements and windows, whilst a chain of 10 small can be used as a garland or to used to decorate a Christmas tree.

History of Herrnhut Stars