December 8: Day of the Immaculate conception of Mary
Argentina, December 8, 2011
In some countries like Argentina, today started the Christmas tradition, day in which is expected to assemble the Christmas tree, in addition to the celebrations that are held at shrines, churches and chapels.
This date is one of the most important to Catholics and it was also declared on December 8 as a national holiday by Decree Law No. 24 445 of the National Congress, approved on December 23, 1994 and promulgated on January 11, 1995.
The assembly of the Christmas tree is accompanied by a manger, which represents the time and place where, according to the Gospels, Jesus was born, the Son of God, surrounded by barnyard animals, along with his parents, Joseph and Mary and the three wise men brought to Bethlehem by a star guide.
The priest Leonardo Tovar, pastor of St. Benedict, said that “we must not lose sight of the meaning. The Christmas tree has to be, but it has to have the manger. Both together, the manger is a sign of the birth of the son of God, and the tree, a sign of life. This tree, which is now live, then it will log to be turned into the cross where Christ died”.