A Bavarian Weihnachtskrippe


       My Bavarian Krippe continues an old German tradition that has been handed down to me by my parents. When I was a child, my father built a Bavarian Krippe every Christmas. It was a major undertaking for him because the Christmas scenes often covered an entire wall in our living room. I even remember one year that it turned the corner into another room.

       As my brother and I grew older, the Krippe finally grew smaller; but it continued to bring joy to our family and to neighborhood children who had never seen anything like it. Then, one after another, grandchildren were born and my father built with even more enthusiasm because he wanted this new generation of our family to experience the beauty of this old tradition.

train in the dark

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Photos by Jimmy Allen
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