In the past, life's calamities were usually illnesses, accidents or death. Dead-end digital worlds, endless chats, buzzing smartphones and people lost in their screens are reason enough to pray for salvation and seek the assistance of saints.
Figures from the old nativity scene of the parish church of Saalfelden from 1799, jointed puppets carved by sculptor Johann Oberlohr (around 1755 - 1809), painted by Michael Kurz, reworked and completed by Xandi Schläﬀer in 1965.
Tresterer are so-called Schönperchten, traditional folk figures, who to this day dance their annual dance in the nights between Christmas and the Three Kings' Day to the sounds of the fife or without music - this brings luck and blessings to the families and are harbingers of a good harvest.
Christmas nativity scenes have a long tradition in the Alpine countries. They are put up from the 24th of December to the 2nd of February. The various stages in the life of Christ can be used as motifs.