Small World

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In Crèches of Germany: Tradition & Faith—this year’s Christmastime exhibit at the Knights of Columbus Museum, where culturalism, not commercialism, is the point—the angel is in the details.

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Highlighting German Christmas and other traditions through a series of stand-alone scenes as well as a massive tiny-town spanning countryside and cityscape, there are mossy patches on little wood shingles; a bird checking her delicate building-top nest; a spindly inches-high ladder leading to an implied hay loft; a doll-sized apron hanging from a hook; bitsy brick peaking through stucco; strings of white froth along feet-long waterways; a mini dining room whose light fixture, set table and wall art, among other items, are visible through pint-sized windows. Speaking of pints, there’s also an itty-bitty biergarten, with mugs held aloft.

There are countless such details, attended by fascinating cultural insights on placards, and they add up to a heavenly sum indeed.

Crèches of Germany: Tradition & Faith
Knights of Columbus Museum – 1 State St, New Haven (map)
Daily 10am-5pm through January 29. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
(203) 865-0400 | Free Admission | Free Parking
www.kofcmuseum.org/km/en/exhibits/2016/germany-creche/index.html

Written and photographed by Dan Mims.

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Dan has worked for a couple of major media companies, but he likes Daily Nutmeg best. As DN’s editor, he writes, photographs, edits and otherwise shepherds ideas into fully realized feature stories, helped in no small part by a small team of dedicated contributors.

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