Long Live the King: Italy’s 800-year-old Presepio Tradition Shines on Today

Dec 01, 2019 866

While Americans celebrate the holidays by displaying decorated Christmas trees in their homes, Italians remain true to the essence of Christmas by displaying a Presepio (Nativity scene) in their homes and churches to celebrate the birth of Christ.

Origin: The Presepio was first created in 1223, by St. Francis of Assisi, in a cave outside the Italian town of Greccio. St. Francis placed a manger in the cave with live animals so the townspeople could recreate the birth of Jesus prior to the celebrations of Christmas Eve mass.

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SOURCE: https://www.orderisda.org/

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