Each year, before the first Sunday of Advent, members of Unity assemble a large nativity scene in the lobby (or narthex) of the sanctuary. This is often a family affair, with multiple generations participating in the decorating process.

A cherished tradition for young and old, the Putz (from the German word “putzen,” meaning, “to decorate”) retells the wonderful story of Christ’s birth in miniature, using rocks, moss, lighting,¬†and small figurines. Many Moravian churches create a Putz for members and visitors to enjoy during the Advent and Christmas seasons.

For more information on the Putz and its role in our heritage, visit the Moravian Church in America website.


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