Town plans underwater nativity to draw tourists

In a bid to attract tourists to a coastal town in northern Italy, residents have launched a campaign to see an nativity scene installed on the seabed.

Town plans underwater nativity to draw tourists
The town mayor said an underwater nativity could have lots of benefits. Photo: Andrew Malone/Flickr

“It’s clear that placing a ceramic nativity scene on the seabed in front of the town will attract curiosity and attention…how many millions each year go to see the Sistine Chapel?” asked Alessandro Milanesi, creator of the Problems of Albisola Facebook group.

The idea to have Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus installed off the coast of the Catholic country has been met with support from locals.

“Beautiful idea!”, “Great!”, “It will be a fantastic idea,” were just some of the responses to the Facebook post.

Although one member of the group said residents should be thinking about parking spaces, not cribs.

Despite the occasional unenthused local, the town mayor has come out in support.

“It’s an interesting proposition. In September we can contact the port authority to study the case and check the necessary permissions,” said Franco Orsi, quoted in La Stampa.

“I’m sure that our artists will have the knowledge to achieve it. With zero environmental impact, in my opinion it’s an idea that can have a lot of benefits,” the mayor said. 

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Thousands more families in Denmark seek Christmas charity

A significant increase in families have sought Christmas help from the Danish Red Cross compared to last winter.

Thousands more families in Denmark seek Christmas charity

Higher process for food, electricity, gas and fuel are being felt by vulnerable families in Denmark, driving more to apply for Christmas packages offered by the Red Cross, broadcaster DR writes.

The NGO said in a statement that more people than ever before have applied for its Christmas help or julehjælp assistance for vulnerable families.

While 15,000 people applied for the charity last year, the number has already reached 20,000 in 2022.

“We are in an extraordinary situation this year where a lot more people have to account for every single krone to make their finances work,” Danish Red Cross general secretary Anders Ladekarl said in the press statement.

“For many more, their finances no longer work, and this is unfortunately reflected by these numbers,” he said.

The Red Cross Christmas assistance consists of a voucher worth 900 kroner redeemable at Coop stores or, in some stores, a hamper consisting of products.

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