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Christmas trees of Rome
Near the Spanish Steps in the Piazza Mignanelli is a pillar topped by a statue of the Virgin Mary. Every year on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8) it is decorated with a wreath and flowers. The pope pays tribute to the Virgin statue there, and people flock into the city to pay their respects in much the same way New Yorkers go to see the tree in Rockefeller Center.