the Christmas tree in St Peter's Square is donated by a different
region. The 2008 tree, a Norway spruce from the municipality of
Gutenstein in Lower Austria, was donated along with 40 smaller
trees. In 2007, the 23-metre high cone-shaped fir came from Val
Badia in Italy's north eastern Alps. The 2006 tree, the largest
ever at over 100 feet, came from a mountainside in Italy’s Sila
National Park. In 2000, the tree was imported from Poland, the
homeland of Pope John Paul.
In the heavens there echoes the proclamation of the angels:
"To you is born in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ
the Lord" (Lk 2:11). What wonder! By being born in Bethlehem,
the Eternal Son of God has entered into the history of each
person living on the face of the earth.
ET ORBI MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE JOHN PAUL II CHRISTMAS