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A nativity scene for every fine home at christmas time

Nativity scenes are found all throughout the Christian world. Building such scenes became an important Christmas tradition in 18th century Germany, particularly in the mountain regions.

While wood-carved nativity scenes have a long history in the western Erzgebirge, woodturned figures tend to prevail in the eastern Erzgebirge. Increasingly, local and even mining-related elements are being incorporated into nativity scene designs.

There has thus always been a close connection between these nativity scenes and the Erzgebirge Christmas Mountains. These elaborate terraced and landscaped structures are adorned with towns and villages, some even with mechanical moving figures, and often reverently relocate the birth of Christ to native farmhouses or miners’ dry rooms.

Papier-mâché or mixed-composition figures, trees, fences and homes served to populate the nativity scenes and mountains, as so many Erzgebirge pattern books from the mid-19th century have documented. And often is the case that the little cardboard and splinter boxes were filled with lovingly-created treasures from Seiffen.