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Ice Sculpture of Nativity Scene Created in Graz, Austria By Gert J. Hoedl and Team

First Posted: 11/28/11 11:22 AM ET Updated: 11/28/11 11:22 AM ET

To mark the start of the Advent season, ice sculptor Gert J. Hoedl and his international team created a nativity scene made of ice, in Graz, Austria on Nov. 26, 2011. The nativity scene depicts the Virgin Mary cradling the baby Jesus, while Joseph looks on. The Three Kings are shown bearing gifts. Hoedl and his team have been doing this for this for the start of Advent every year since 1996, with variations in details, and claim it is the biggest one in the world.

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SALISBURY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: The interior of Salisbury Cathedral is illuminated by candles carried by choristers during the annual 'darkness to light' advent procession on November 28, 2010 in Salisbury, England. This year's service - which begins with the cathedral in total darkness and silence before the Advent Candle is lit at the West End - features Bruce Munro's fibre optic 'Light Shower' installation high in the Spire Crossing made with 2,000 points of light. The annual advent service is a mix of music and readings during which two great processions move around the different spaces in the building which is, by the end, illuminated by almost 1300 candles. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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