Krippe (manger)

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Weihnachtskrippe (Nativity Scenes)

At the time of Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) nativity plays and scenes became popular as a way to bring the Christmas story to the people.

The first models of the manger scene found in the churches were very simple. Hundreds of years later they developed into a work of art. Famous wood-cavers, especially in the monasteries, created, detailed figurines which were then decorated and dressed regally by the nuns. Each region in Germany gave some local colour to the nativity scene. Later nativity scenes spread to private homes. In the 18th century scenes were very popular, but soon interest declined. Today nativity scenes are found in many homes.

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