Nativity Scenes Get New Look in UK

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The nativity scenes at Westminster Abbey and other Anglican churches in the UK will have some new characters this year.

The traditional manger scene includes Jesus, Joseph and Mary surrounded by wise men, angels, and shepherds.

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The newest versions will include Hindu snowmen, a Chinese dragon, and a Jewish temple.

The London Telegraph reports Anglican leaders approved the changes to make Christmas more appealing to the country's diverse cultures and to improve relations and foster dialog with other faiths.

"We've done this as it creates a good opportunity for Christians to meet and hear about the stories of people of other faiths," Rev Jane Hedges a canon at the abbey said. "Wherever you're coming from there should be something to celebrate at Christmas."

But one leading British evangelical disagrees.

"People want Christians to celebrate Christmas without compromise," Rev Rod Thomas, chair of Reform said.

"It's only by doing this that people of other faiths respect what we stand for, not by attempting to introduce something that is sub-Christian."

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