Animals most associated with Christmas
Creatures that play a role in the festive season
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Christmas brings with it mentions of several animals that appear to a play central part in festive season celebrations. Some creatures like the donkey and the camel are referenced in the Bible. Others represent gifts in the lyrics of hymns, carols, and nursery rhymes. A few have their meaning steeped in myth and legend, while a couple owe their association with Yuletide simply because they live in cold climates. Whatever the reason, these animals are loved for their cherished affinity with the annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. But what exactly is their role, and why are they so symbolic?
Click through and meet the animals most associated with Christmastime.
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