OBERAMMERGAU, GERMANY - DECEMBER 01: A variety of traditional Alpine style Christmas chreches and other woodcarved items are displayed in Toni Baur's shop for woodcarved articles on December 1, 2011 ... more 
OBERAMMERGAU, GERMANY - DECEMBER 01: A variety of traditional Alpine style Christmas chreches and other woodcarved items are displayed in Toni Baur's shop for woodcarved articles on December 1, 2011 in Oberammergau, Germany. Oberammergau woodcarving tradition, which is the most famous in Bavaria, has its roots in the 12th century, though members of the St. Luke's guild, the association of woodcarvers, deplore the decline of the tradition both from a lack of new generations of woodcarvers as well as competition from wood figurine factories in northern Italy and Asia. In Oberammergau approximately 50 woodcarvers still churn out figurines of mostly religious motifs throughout the year. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images) less 
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