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Christmas Putz Bethlehem Reviews
The Moravian Putz in Bethlehem Dec 04, 2009
The Christmas Putz has been presented annually by Central Moravian Church since 1937. A Moravian Putz is a decorated model or diorama depicting the Biblical events surrounding the Nativity, the birth of Jesus. (Putz comes from the German root putzen meaning to clean or decorate.) For this public Putz display, church members annually collect moss and other natural materials from the Pocono Mountains to form the scenery. Some of the rocks and driftwood used in the landscaped scenes have been in use over many years. Handcarved wooden figures, many antique, are used to illustrate the story.
The presentation is in a small auditorium in the Education Building. (Look for signs.) A narrator tells first the story of the making of the Putz and Putz traditions. (Families may also have their own Putzs at home and a local tradition is to go from house to house to view everyone's display.) Putzs came with the Moravians, who emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1741. They were used to instruct members of the congregation about the story of Jesus’ birth. The presentation switches to a recorded narrative of the Christmas Story itself, with different members of the church taking the different roles. The corresponding figures and scenes on the Putz are illuminated along with the telling of the story.
Definitely a Christmas tradition to see!
Presentations are on the hour and half hour.
Admission is free. (Donations are accepted.)
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