A Christmas tradition will be handcrafted out of fresh flowers for visitors to enjoy at the first annual Crèche Festival at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California, this month.
The festival will feature handmade nativity scenes made by 84 local parishes as well as professionally-designed floral crèches created from hundreds of flowers and plants by award-winning Bay Area florists.
The nativity scenes fashioned from flowers will be available for viewing by the public, free of charge, inside the cathedral. Visitors can view the creations during non-mass times on December 18 and 19 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Organizers of the festival say the crèche displays create the opportunity for visitors to reflect on the spiritual meaning of the season, while enjoying their stunning beauty and craftsmanship.
In addition to the featured nativity scenes, the festival will feature choral and instrumental concerts, receptions, tours, lectures and a workshop on crèche traditions and crèche-making.
The Grammy-winning San Francisco Boys Chorus is just one of the groups scheduled to perform during the weekend festival.
"We welcome people of all faiths to this Festival and its events, and anticipate great crowds of those eager to participate in this Nativity tradition," said Leo Keegan, director of Docents and Ministerial Services for the Cathedral.
Besides tradition, the holiday season is about giving for many. Showing those around you how important they are is easily expressed with fresh holiday flowers.
Floral arrangements, bouquets and flower centerpieces are available in any price point and can be personalized by featuring the recipient's favorite color, scent or variety.
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