20 Things You Didn't Know About Temple Square at Christmastime

by | Dec. 23, 2019



20 Things You Didn't Know about Temple Square at Christmastime

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10. When selecting the first nativities to be displayed on Temple Square, Church officials couldn't find one that fit Latter-Day Saint beliefs (for example, the angels couldn't have wings). When they finally found one, it was placed outside the North Visitors Center. However, after the weather took a heavy toll on the set, officials saved the display by coating the pieces in a special white fiberglass paint. This is the creche now displayed on and around the reflecting pool in front of the temple. 

11. Visitors can listen to a recording of the Christmas story as told by President Thomas S. Monson at the nativity located between the Tabernacle and the North Visitors' Center. You can listen every 15 minutes during visiting hours each day until New Year's Eve. 

12. At least six world nativities decorate the grounds. These beautiful displays pay homage to the worldwide nature of the Church. Some of the ethnic nativities include features from New Zealand, Native American culture, Oriental culture, and South America.

13. In the North visitor's center, the paintings of Christ on the main floor have been replaced with image stills from the Church's movie, The Nativity:

Other Decorations

14. The Church purchases "stand-in trees" that are planted only during the Christmas season. These young trees are purchased from the State Educational Trust Fund Lands, and the proceeds are donated to the state educational system. Then, the trees are wrapped in lights and temporarily planted on Temple Square for the Christmas season. This is done to add a touch of light where groundskeepers want it, and to protect the permanent trees on Temple Square from damage causing by wrapping and lighting. 

20 Things You Didn't Know about Temple Square at Christmastime

Photo from Mormon Newsroom

15. Tiny electric candles float on several ponds throughout the Church campus, including in front of the Salt Lake Temple and at the Church Office Building. Every light on the square invites visitors to remember the Light of the World.

20 Things You Didn't Know about Temple Square at Christmastime

This year's luminaries placed around Temple Square. Photo from Mormon Newsroom.

16. Beautiful and detailed luminaries are placed throughout temple square, including the lawn in front of the Temple and outside the Church Office Building. The luminaries are intended to offer messages of peace, joy, and love. 

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