While we were at Oktoberfest last year in Munich, we took a fabulous little bus tour that took us to two of crazy King Ludwig’s castles, as well as Oberammergau.
Oberammergau is an adorable little town nestled into the rolling green hills and steep mountain peeks of Bavaria.
The town is exceptionally well known for their hand-carved woodwork and their production of the messiah every ten years.
From Wikipedia: “The Oberammergau Passion Play was first performed in 1634 and is the result of a vow made by the inhabitants of the village that if God spared them from the effects of the bubonic plague then sweeping the region they would perform a passion play every ten years.”
“The play is now performed in years ending with a zero, as well as in 1934 which was the 300th anniversary and 1984 which was the 350th anniversary (though the 1940 performance was cancelled because of the intervention of the Second World War).”
“It involves over 2000 actors, singers, instrumentalists and technicians–in 2010 that was half of all residents of the village.”
Now I know Christmas is still a long way off, even though holiday lights and decorations are already up all over Hong Kong, but if you would like to have one of these lovely little nativity scenes in time for advent I suggest you order now as shipping takes a few weeks. The shop also sells lots of other beautiful religious carvings online that make for great christening, confirmation or wedding gifts.
The Josef Abel family has been hand carving in Oberammergau for 455 years.
Their shop was so incredible and I struggle to find non-plastic religious items here in Hong Kong and even back in the States so I couldn’t help but leave with a few items.
Our nativity scene made it back home safely–we shipped it to save on taxes. Although they do offer painted versions, there is something so beautiful about the simplicity of the carved lines.
It’s crazy to think of what life will look like in nine years!
One things for sure, we’ll still be enjoying our German nativity scene at advent and remembering our amazing trip to Bavaria. It’s so nice when souvenirs and useful objects overlap.