The tree and crib
· From Bavaria and Trento ·
This year the Christmas tree for St Peter's Square is coming from Bavaria and the crib is being donated by the autonomous province of Trento, in collaboration with the Friends of the Crib Association of Tesero. The Governatorate of Vatican City State announced this in a press statement.
The spruce is a gift from the municipalities of Hirschau, Schnaittenbach and Freudenberg. It stood 32 metres tall but has since been cut to 25 metres for transportation purposes. The tree will arrive in Rome on the Wednesday night, 18 November and will be raised with the help of the staff of the Vatican's technical and garden services. The public will be able to view the tree and crib starting on Tuesday, 8 December and the tree will be lit on Thursday, 17 December.
This year the tree will be brightly decorated. Some of the ornaments will be copies of clay creations made by children in the oncology wards of various Italian hospitals and will depict the children's hopes and dreams. Together with their parents, these children participated in a ceramic therapy programme organized by the non-profit foundation, Contessa Lene Thun.
The life-size figures of the crib have been sculpted and painted to depict a rural scene in Trento. The 24 figures will include Mary, Joseph, the Child Jesus and three Magi, as well as others dressed in typical clothing worn in the Dolomites of Trento during the 20th century.
St. Peter’s Square
Nov. 12, 2019