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The Vatican to light up giant Christmas tree and nativity scene on December 7

It has been a tradition for the Vatican to build a gigantic Christmas tree and a life-size crib scene at the center of Saint Peter’s Square. This year, the Vatican will officially unveil and light its colossal Christmas tree and nativity scene on December 7 at around 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon.

The giant red fir Christmas tree stands 28 meters high and is ornamented with clay baubles and stars. This year’s design is created by the children from the areas in Central Italy that were hit by the earthquake as well as by the young cancer patients from various hospitals in the country.

The Christmas tree is a gift from the Archdiocese of Elk in Poland. It took nearly 1,245 miles and 12-days before the Polish Christmas tree arrived in the Vatican. This is the second time Poland donated a Christmas tree to the city. Twenty years ago, Pope John Paul II also requested to place a Polish tree in St. Peter’s Square.

The nativity scene was donated by the ancient Abbey of Montevergine in the southern Italian region of Campania. Whilst the crib backdrop as well as the terracotta figures that stand 2 meters high and designed with 18th-century Neapolitan costumes were products of the local artisans.

If you want to witness both the monumental Christmas tree and the nativity scene, you can see them standing at the center of St Peter’s Square until January 7, 2018.

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