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Vatican readies Christmas decorations for St. Peter's Square

December 02, 2011

Workers at the Vatican are preparing the Nativity scene that will be unveiled on Christmas eve in St. Peter’s Square, and preparing for the arrival of a gigantic spruce tree that will be raised on December 5 and illuminated on December 16.

The Nativity scene this year will show the traditional large figures against a background of buildings in the styles found in Palestine at the time of Christ’s birth. The crèche will be dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God.

The 100-foot Christmas tree, a gift from Ukraine, will be decorated with more than 2,500 ornaments and strings of white and yellow lights.


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