Every December our stake puts on a Community Nativity Festival. This year marked the 8th year of putting it on. As this was our first year attending I was blown away. It's held in our church building but it is hardly recognizable by the way it's decorated. I was able to help set up a foyer and I hope I can do it again because it was really fun.
The stake bought many fake trees and lights that they put all over the gym and foyers. Apparently our building has an attic that holds all this stuff. Who knew?
Along with the trees, there are probably a hundred nativities of all types. I saw one with black bears, rubber duckies, and of course very traditional ones. There are also pictures of Christ all over too.
This is one side of the foyer. Doesn't it look great with the fake fireplace?
Besides the nativities they have a reading room with Christmas books (Macy and Anna liked this room),
A dress up room where the kids can be stable animals, angels, wise men, etc,
(Anna the camel and Macy the cow)
And a craft room with all sorts of crafts for kids.
I didn't take any pictures of this, but there are performances by people throughout the community from 4:30-8 p.m. all three nights. There were ward choirs, high school choirs, kids playing instruments, and singing. I think this is a great way for kids so share their talents. Hopefully our kids can play or sing some day at the festival.
I hope this continues every year because it's a great way to spread the true meaning of Christmas with our friends and neighbors.