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Watch this couple's spectacular 1,500-piece home nativity bring Christmas to life

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Each year in the city of Santa Lucía, more than 40 houses open their doors to display spectacular Christmas nativity scenes
Each year in the city of Santa Lucía, more than 40 houses open their doors to display spectacular Christmas nativity scenes   -   Copyright  AFP
By Theo Farrant  & AFP

Each year, Iria Maria and her husband Joao de Castro spend months assembling more than 1,500 pieces to create a huge nativity scene at their home.

The couple's house is one of more than 40 in Santa Lúcia, Brazil, to open its doors to show off their creations during the Christmas period as part of the city's 'Nativity Circuit'.

"It's a very important thing in our lives, I've always thought. And many people associate us with the nativity scene, so they say: it's that couple that makes the nativity scene. So we have become very attached to it" says Iria Maria, as she puts together the final pieces at the Brazilian couple's home.

Joao de Castro explains that the nativity scene has long been a tradition in his family.

"For me it's a question of DNA, Santa Lúcia has always been the city of nativity scenes, huge nativity scenes were made and my paternal grandmother's family is an old family from Santa Lúcia and all the women in the family made nativity scenes."

Check out the video above to see the couple's spectacular nativity scene