Christmas Putz

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40 West Church Street, Bethlehem, PA, USA

Christmas Putz Bethlehem Reviews

Andy99 Andy99
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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.)
Landscape and scenes of the Christ…
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X_Drive says:
I had never heard of a "Putz". Muck different than what I expected! All this time I thought I was a Putz! :D
Posted on: Jan 25, 2010
wanderlustbohemian says:
OY VEY Andy-

I thought at first when I saw your review on the Christmas Putz, Hmmmnn ---well sure ain't what my Bubby was kvetching about all those years--learnt something new. I love to learn something new, a Putz is not a Putz :) great review ps. I never --a German root.

Luci bella :D
Posted on: Dec 18, 2009
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