Floating nativity brings Christmas to Venice lagoon

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VENICE, Italy (Reuters) - A group of 60 plywood nativity figures floats in an open stretch of water in Venice's lagoon, with a church as a festive backdrop.

Painted by local greengrocer Francesco Orazio, the figures have been planted on wooden stakes.

Their feet emerging for just a couple of hours a day when the tide ebbs, Joseph, Mary, the ox and the donkey surround Baby Jesus under a hut, as a wise king approaches.

Shepherds, animals and other characters can be seen nearby as small boats sail a short distance away.

(Reporting by Manuel Silvestri; writing by Angelo Amante; editing by John Stonestreet)