Tuesday, December 09, 2008

only 16 more sleeps

Advent Calendar - December 9

Christmas Fact:

St. Francis of Assisi (c. 1181-1226) generally receives the credit for popularizing the Nativity scene as we know it. At Christmas time in (1223?) 1224 he recreated the manger scene using real people and animals in a cave near the Italian village of Greccio. Mass was said in this novel setting and St. Francis preached about the humble birth of the newborn King. Onlookers enjoyed this re-enactment of Christ’s birth so much that the custom soon spread throughout Italy and Europe.
Encyclopedia of Christmas p. 408



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