In many Eastern European countries a common tradition is building Christmas cribs. The first one is said to be credited to St. Francis of Assisi who, according to a tale, set it in a forest clearing. The crib contained the figurines of the Christmas Eve characters and living animals. Later on the venture found its followers who transformed it into a sophisticated art. One such follower built a Christmas Crib that opted to show Christmas life in post-war Germany instead of the traditional subjects. Here are some pics of the crib scenes and the description that accompanied them.
[Images courtesy of the Sulekha.com.]