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Collecting Nativity Sets

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Facts about Nativity and Creche Collecting
  • During WWII in Germany, Hitler had many of the German companies molds destroyed, so after the war they could no longer produce pieces. That is when plastic and paper mache figures came into being.
  • Fontanini first started with paper mache and if you can find one of those earlier pieces, it's a great find.
  • A German set is often called a Krippe, it usually is more plyable and easily handled by children.
  • Santons are nativity figures produced in France. In the traditional set there could be several dozen figures representing village life with shop characters, etc. The tradition started of putting a fence around the nativity set and inside the fence was the holy area. Outside the fence, not so holy. There would usually be a woman figure shown stealing wood, but inside the fence so that the policeman could not get her. Sanctuary at it's best.
  • In the Hispanic culture are similar sets, but instead of the woman stealing wood inside the fence, one will look for a young boy peeing. It's become the custom to see who can find that figure on the Epithany.
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