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Nativities and Crib Figures

The Christmas crib or manger is to be found in many areas of the Christian world. In Germany, the first cribs were built and became a part of Christmas for the common people, especially for those living in mountain areas. In the Erzgebirge, the carvings were at first of an oriental style, but later took on more and more local elements, some from the world of the miner.

This is why there is such a strong connection between the crib and the "Christmas mountain" which is a complex system of terraces or platforms, parts of them being decorated with little figures which can be moved mechanically, set against countryside scenes, towns and villages and relocating the Nativity of Christ to a local farmhouse or miner's locker room.

Particularly fine examples of cribs were soon in the public eye. In 1814, for example, in the Annaberger Wochenblatt (the Annaberg Weekly News) there was a "rather new crib, quite good in weight" on offer and not soon after, advertisements inviting people to come and look at homemade Christmas mountains and cribs.

Figures made of paper mäche or paper pulp, little model trees, fences, and houses were all used to decorate the cribs and mountains as can be seen in the pattern books from the Erzgebirge from the middle of the 19th. century. And the little boxes made of cardboard or wood shavings often contained such decorative parts, lovingly made accessories from Seiffen.

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The Christmas Crib or manger is to be found in many areas of the Christian world. In Germany, the first cribs were built and became a part of Christmas for the common people, especially for those living in mountain areas. In the western Erzgebirge, the carvings were at first of an oriental style, but later took on more and more local elements, some from the world of the miner.

Crib Figures: The Holy Family, The Wise Men, The Angel, Shepherd and Sheep and Ox and Donkey as well as other pieces available. Handmade, in natural or stained wood and finished to the highest quality, available all year round.

Nativity sets from Schalling Ulmik and Kohol are available.

Stained Nativity Set: A beautiful interpretation of the Nativity in wonderful colours. Again very tactile with a modern look. Available in two Sizes as complete sets. More...

Natural & Stained: A Mixture of Natural wood and Stained figures a feature of this set. The facial features giving this set younger more Childlike look, more appealing to Children but by no means a toy. More...

Other Nativities: A very attractive selection of other Nativity items are also available from mini sets to scenes on Candle Arches, Music Boxes and Pyramids. More...

Natural Nativity: A lovely Natural Maple Wood Nativity. Very tactile and unpretentious, pleasing to the eye  and can be purchased as a complete set or in groups of figures. Everyone has nothing but praise for these Nativity figures. Available in two Sizes. More...