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The hidden symbolism found in a Christmas creche


A detailed tour of a traditional Nativity scene and the various elements within it.

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Ever since the first Nativity scene created by St. Francis of Assisi, cultures around the world have put their own spin on the popular Christmas tradition. Nevertheless, throughout these traditions there are common elements that represent different parts of the Nativity story.

Each is selected for a specific purpose and many of them have a profound spiritual meaning behind them.

Read more: How St. Francis invented the first Nativity scene

Read more: Exclusive Photos: The unveiling of the Vatican Nativity scene

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