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Hands of the People: A Crechè Festival

Saint Francis of Assisi (d. 1226) commemorated Christ’s birth with a living nativity in 1223. As word of his compelling depiction spread, the reenactment of the first Christmas, by members of the community, would become a popular tradition throughout Christendom. Saint Francis’s living nativity would also serve as the inspiration for the miniature representations of the Christmas story that would…


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