Saturday, December 20, 2014

Putz and Glitter Houses

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Where does the term “Putz House” come from? From Pennsylvania German putz; compare archaic German Putz (“ornament, decoration, finery”), putzen (“to clean; decorate”).
The story seems to be that, in Germany, families would create little holiday scenes — often nativity scenes — in their homes to celebrate Christmas. They would collect the bits and pieces for their tableaus for weeks… hence putzen=”decorate” became putzing=”taking your time to decorate” became putzen=”taking your grand ole time”. Today we also know these house as “glitter houses”.
Setting up tiny, glittery houses during the Christmas holidays became widely popular in 1928 and continued for about a decade after World War II ended. But because these kinds of ornaments hold so much sentimental value, they often get passed down for generations to come. These historic vintage villages are particularly sweet. Whether they are arranged as small neighborhoods on your mantel, part of a train set scene under the tree, or set up in conjunction with a nativity scene–these diminutive buildings allowed both young and old a play to play as they decorated.
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Carolyn and the Bears

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