22. Dezember – Der Adventskalender
Nativity Scene – Weihnachtskrippe
The first known three-dimensional representation of the nativity scene (Krippenbild or Weihnachtskrippe), as we understand it today, appeared in Prague in 1562, although theatrical and other representations of the manger scene date back to the 1200s. Following the Prague model, nativity scenes later appeared in churches in Munich (1607), Innsbruck (1608) and Salzburg (1615).
Especially in wood-carving regions, beautifully carved wooden versions of die Krippe (crib, créche, manger) and nativity figures are still traditional. In some regions, large life-sized replicas of the scene of Jesus’ birth are annual attractions. Self-made miniature Krippen by children and hobbyists are also popular. See the links below for some German and Austrian Krippenbild examples.
AT THE GERMAN WAY
- Christmas from A to Z – German Christmas traditions and terms
- Advent – The Latin word means “arrival.” This custom begins on the first Advent Sunday around December 1.
- Photo Gallery: Christmas in Germany – Berlin – A visual tour of Christmas markets and other December sights in Berlin
- Christmas in the USA and Germany– A comparison chart
- German Christmas Carols – Popular carols with lyrics in German and English
- Barbarazweig – The legend and the Christmas custom
- Epiphany and the Sternsinger – January 6 in the Germanic Christmas tradition
- Erntedank (“harvest thanksgiving”) or Erntedankfest in Germany and Austria is different from the American Thanksgiving tradition.
- St. Nicholas – The many German St. Nicks
- Thomas Nast created the modern Santa image.
- The Christmas Pickle Ornament – Fact or fiction?
- Silent Night (Stille Nacht) – Our “Silent Night” page has the true story and related links.
- Holidays and Celebrations in Austria, Germany and Switzerland
- Glass Ornaments – a history
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