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Vatican inaugurates Christmas tree and manger in St. Peter's Square

Despite the limitations on the number of people allowed into St. Peter's Square for the inauguration of the Vatican Christmas tree and manger, a large crowd gathered just outside the square to wait for the lights of the 75-year-old spruce tree to be switched on.

“Every year, I must say, they do an excellent job choosing the ornaments, and the decorations change every year.”

“We were surprised to find ourselves here, at the inauguration of the manger.”

“It's a sign of hope for sure. [This tradition] is at least one thing that hasn't changed.”

“I hope people will also understand that this Christmas must be different because of Covid.”

The most special moment was when the tree was lit up. 

The manger was especially surprising, with its giant ceramic statues. Both can be appreciated in St. Peter's Square until Jan. 10, 2021.