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St. Francis of Assisi and the Christmas Creche Tradition

Dec 03, 2016 By Gretchen Filz

When you set up your nativity scene for the holidays, you may not realize that you're participating in a Christmas tradition begun by a one of the most famous and beloved Catholic saints nearly 800 years ago.

Listen to the story of St. Francis of Assisi and the first nativity scene below!

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Gretchen is a Lay Dominican with a passion for fostering an increase in Catholic faith and devotion through content writing and journalism. She works as a digital content writer, creator, and marketer for The Catholic Company. In addition to blogging at, she is also editor of the daily devotional email and author at She holds an M.A. in Christian Apologetics and converted to the Catholic Church in 2011. She is also active in R.C.I.A., pro-life work, and various faith-based web projects.

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