Moravian Stars originated from a Moravian school located in Niesky, Germany. Legend says that sometime in the 1830's a geometry assignment required the students to hand make Moravian Stars. Fifty years later, an alumnus of the school, Peter Verbeek, published the star's instructions and sold them in his bookstore. Verbeek's son learned how to make the stars and produced them in the Herrnhut Star Factory. Production continued until World War I forced the factory to close. Later they reopened the factory and continued production. Although the stars began as a geometry project, they gained significance as a symbol of Advent. The Moravians in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, were the first to implement the tradition of the Moravian Star as a symbol of Christmas in the United States. The Moravian Star has a two-fold meaning: it represents the Creator who made the stars on the fourth day and is a reminder of the star that led the Wise Men to Jesus.

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