Published: 12-12-2012, 05:07

Nativity Scene: Central Europe

Nativity Scene

Nativity Scene: Origins

Early Nativity Scenes

Nativity Scene: Southern Europe

Nativity Scene: Latin America

Nativity Scene: The United States

In Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and other central European countries, the preparation of Nativity scenes still provides a delightful occupation for children and adults during Advent. The German Nativity scene, called a Krippe (meaning “crib”), may contain hundreds of figurines and many lovely details. In Czechoslovakia people call their manger scenes “Bethlehems.” In some areas of the country the figures may be constructed from bread dough and later painted.