Christmas pyramid unboxing goes awry

    Alas, when the package finally made it to my doorstep, the unboxing that would follow was not the experience I expected. As always, life is full of surprises.

    One of the charming, handmade Christmas ornaments I purchased while at Käthe Wohlfahrt in Rothenburg, Germany.
    One of the charming, handmade Christmas ornaments I purchased while at Käthe Wohlfahrt in Rothenburg, Germany.
    One of the charming, handmade Christmas ornaments I purchased while at Käthe Wohlfahrt in Rothenburg, Germany.

    There are slews of “unboxing” photos and videos on the web for the latest gadgets. These accounts can be super popular. I fathom it’s because it enables the viewer to relive the moment of anticipation and excitement for an experience they had or one that are still waiting to savor first hand.

    After my trip to Rothenburg, Germany where I ordered a Christmas Pyramid (German Christmas Tradition in Rothenburg) I thought it would be most exciting when it arrived to share the unboxing experience with all of you.

    Alas, when the package finally made it to my doorstep after being handled by both Deutsche Post and United State Postal Service, the unboxing that would follow was not the experience I expected. As always, life is full of surprises.

    A moment of great anticipation as my knife slices apart the tape to review the box full of Christmas goodies that made it all the way from Germany. It came a couple of weeks after I returned and only a couple of months later did yours truly finally have the time to both open and document the experience.
    A moment of great anticipation as my knife slices apart the tape to review the box full of Christmas goodies that made it all the way from Germany. It came a couple of weeks after I returned and only a couple of months later did yours truly finally have the time to both open and document the experience.
    This box includes the little white candles for the Christmas Pyramid. I decided to get 3 boxes of these candles since I figured it may be a pain to try to get the right kind here in the US. I was fearful they would be melted. A collegue of mine also purchased a Christmas Pyramid and received it with melted candles.
    Sigh of relief! My little white candles are in perfect condition. Now onto opening the actual Christmas Pyramid!
    Another box encasses the prized Christmas Pyramid.
    Oh dear! It looks like Scrooge showed up early this year. When I gently lifted the pyramid from the box, I realized that it had been a very rough ride for Santa, the angel and lamb. They didn't only go round-and-round, but up-and-down and all around on this trip.
    Even as I assessed the damage, I marvelled at the delicate and intricate pieces that make up the pyramid.
    The little lamb is one of my favorite pieces, so small and I love the white texture of the wool.
    Thinking I can take a glue gun or crazy glue to most of the pieces, this broken piece off the fan on top made me reconsider and contacting the company to get a replacement.
    Another shot of the Christmas Pyramid chaos.
    Thankfully the ornaments I purchased came in perfect condition.

    I emailed Käthe Wohlfahrt, apologizing that it was already a couple of months since I received the box and only now was I opening it. They responded very promptly letting me know that I could pack up the Christmas Pyramid and send it in for an exchange or refund. I just had to fill out an attached form.

    After all the trouble of opening the Christmas Pyramid, I am a little reluctant to pack it all up to send it back. No guarantees the next one that they send would be in any better shape. I am contemplating that it may actually be less trouble, and perhaps more fun (being a crafty sort of person) to attempt to fix it on my own. Will keep you posted dear reader, as the saga continues!

    I liked this one ornament with Santa and a Christmas tree - very classic.
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