As a kid, my viola teacher (the same one who hosts an annual cookie exchange and for whom I made a tea cozy) used to invite me and a couple of her other students over to decorate Christmas cookies and gingerbread men. I'm not sure what possessed her to allow a bunch of elementary and middle school kids to have access to that much sugar, but we enjoyed going over every year. While we were there, I put together the Christmas whirligig that she had as a decoration. When my sister was young enough to be invited over to decorate cookies, she put it together, and when she got too old the job was passed down to me.
It was only fitting that as a wedding gift, my teacher gave Nick and me our very own Christmas whirligig. Of course the formal name of the whirligig is a Christmas Pyramid and it is traditionally a German Christmas decoration.
The levels spin when you light the candles, but since there is so little clearance above where we put our whirligig, we never light the candles. I love how simple the pyramid looks with the unpainted wood.
My viola teacher chose well!