"Putz" figurines are actually a type of nativity figure, the name itself originating with the "Pennsylvania Dutch" German immigrants. Putz villages can be anything from traditional nativity scenes to depictions of entire villages in winter.
Although the name can include any figure from these putz villages, the most popular Putz figurines are the Putz sheep, also called stick leg sheep or German wooly sheep - primitive figures with charactaristic stick legs and fuzzy bodies of real wool!
Most of these sheep were not actually intended for nativities
-instead, they were inexpensive toys sold by street vendors in Europe
and the USA - but they make charming additions to any putz or nativity
scene under your Christmas tree.