Back in 1991 Far Guy and I were both on the Evangelism Committee at the church. As a community outreach program I spearheaded a Live Nativity. A crèche was built and set up on the church
lawn snow bank. I asked the congregation to donate fabrics, we bought some patterns and a few ladies sewed costumes. My mother and Naomi sewed a lot that year…costumes for shepherds, kings and angels all sizes. The congregation was asked to bring cookies and the bell choir played while you had cookies and coffee in the social hall.
This was the crèche indoors. Groups of people were guided through and sang a verse or two of a Christmas carol at each “station.” It helped to have choir members be leaders! I don’t recall how many stations we had..Mary getting the news, shepherds watching their flocks by night, Mary and Joseph going to Bethlehem, the Kings and the manger scene…and there may have been more.
Outside we had shepherds and Mary and Joseph in the crèche. It was cold outside. Sometimes we would sing to keep warm. Cars would honk and people would drive by slowly...the church is right along the highway.
It was a fun event. The next year we had some sheep and a calf outside. AND an Llama and all four of our Shelties inside..as the shepherds needed sheepdogs!
Far Guy and I were shepherds both years. Trica played with the bell choir. Jennifer filled in wherever I needed her…I think she was a Mary one year. ( I am getting older and cannot remember everything.)
Far Guy makes a fine looking shepherd… he is drinking coffee.
I think we did The Live Nativity for three years improving as it went along. People would talk about it and look forward to it. I always felt good about it…doing something to bring the Christmas Story and the birth of our Savior front and center where it belongs at Christmas time.
Have you every been to a Live Nativity?
This is Christmas 1991, Me holding Captain and Moses, Jennifer holding Misty and G’Day Mate is escaping, Trica holding Caramel one of four cats we had back then and the Far Guy in the back. I still have that same Angel on top of our tree! ( Misty and Moses were the parents of Captain and G’Day Mate). Jennifer would have been 16 that year and Trica 19. We lived at the resort back then..that striped carpet was something else…but it matched everything. That house was something else too…but we had some good times there and it was a good place to raise teenage daughters.
Doing something as a group…a family activity like the Live Nativity was a good thing. I am not certain how fondly the girls remember it…but they were supportive and showed up to do their part.