What is a Christmas den?
The Christmas den is an ancient puppet theater, in Russia it was shown for Christmas and on a Christmas-tide. These days group of people went on houses, glorified Christ and showed a den.
In old times a den was made of a wooden box in the form of a lodge, these boxes stored and showed for every Christmas. The box reminded a cave in which the Divine Child was born. Sometimes the den was done many-tier, it could resemble a chapel or the temple.
decorated the Scene of a den, behind surely placed an icon of Christmas or Blessed Virgin Mary's icon with the Baby Christ. In a den drew windows, stars crosses, wrote compositions on biblical scenes. The scene was lit with candles.
of Dolls for a Christmas den did of a tree, a cardboard or color fabric. Dolls fixed on cores and drove them on the cuts made in a scene or operated them from above as puppets. For a Christmas den made the dolls representing Rakhil (the woman with the baby on hands), angels, shepherds, magicians, soldiers and the tsar Herod.
Vertepny action lasted 10-20 min. and was followed by execution of spiritual verses, irmoses of a Christmas canon, the story about Christ Redeemer's Christmas. In a Christmas den showed all action of Christmas. At the beginning action is developed against the background of a cave where Jesus was born. Representation by again same stage which is again shown at ignition of the Star of Bethlehem comes to an end.