What’s A Putz?
(Pronounced “pootz” - from the German word “to make beautiful”.)
A Putz is a tradition in many Moravian Churches. Originally started in Germany, it tells the glorious story of The Nativity through narration, music and small illuminated scenes nestled among moss and rocks. Viewers sit in a darkened room and watch the story of the birth of Christ unfold.
The display is rather large and takes many hours to construct every year. Many of the items used in the display are handmade or have been donated by members of the congregation.
The East Hills Moravian Church Putz is open to the public and viewing times are December 1 to December 30, 2012: Wednesdays and Fridays, 6PM-8PM; Saturdays and Sundays, 3PM-8PM (not shown Christmas Eve or Christmas Day).
Groups are welcome every day by appointment
A Spanish language presentation is available at select times (please call).
If you’d like more information on The Putz tradition, see the Wikipedia entry.
Here’s a video to give you an idea of what to expect during your visit: