Zenit reports on the holiday festivities at the Vatican. The Mexican nativity is scheduled to be in place in Paul VI Hall from 19 December through 2 February. My Lutheran sister’s calendar is off from this: her Christmas deco goes up before Thanksgiving and lasts till New Year’s Day.
The Vatican has a life-size creche.
In our home, the tree used to be up and decorated on Christmas Eve. With the onset of age and having a child in the house, a concession is made for the 17th of December. I feel better reading that the Vatican tree, now decorated, will be lit up tonight. I love having our tree up, but my wife always deconstructs on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord.