St. Francis of Assisi enacted one of the first Nativity scenes, having been inspired by a recent visit to the Holy Land where he was shown Jesus’s traditional birthplace. The scene’s popularity inspired communities throughout Catholic countries to stage similar pantomimes. (1223)
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And on this day, millions celebrate Christmas, the holiday that commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth in Bethlehem, some time around the year 1 BCE. Nativity scenes show the birth place as a stable with animals nearby and a large star in the sky overhead.