The Christmas Crib - Origin and Tradition
Year: 2019
Run-Time: 1 x 52 min.

Directed by Anita Lackenberger

A co-production by ORF/3sat and Produktion West in association with ORF-Enterprise
Available worldwide

Languages: German (ORIGINAL)
Format: 16:9

The Christmas Crib - Origin and Tradition

Esel, Ochs' und Kind - Weihnachtskrippen in Europa Krippenreise

Francis of Assisi is said to have invented the tradition of putting up cribs. In the early 13th century, in a small village in the Italian province of Greccio, he acted out the nativity story of Mary and Joseph for the «simple man». The Council of Trento ruled in 1545 that biblical content such as the Christmas story was to be increasingly performed in order to inspire the people. Wooden carvings were used to recreate the birth of Christ until the 19th century. Today, cribs are made of all kinds of materials: paper mâché, cardboard, glass, terracotta and gingerbread. During Advent, there is a crib scene in many households, along with the Christmas tree and Christmas cookies.
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