Weihnachtskrippe is the name given to a Nativity scene in Germany, often found in town centres during advent.¬† It depicts the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.
Many families have their own model Weihnachtskrippe at home.¬† Some of these are self-made, others have been collected over a period of time with a new figure being added each year.¬† Typically, these are also passed down through the generations.
Surprisingly, they were banned in churches at the end of the 18th Century.
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