Sunday, December 21, 2008

Live Nativity

Every year our little country church, Rock Falls, presents a "Live Nativity" for the community. Cars of families drive down a country road lined with candles sitting in milk jugs leading the way to the church. They come to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas.

Shepherds watching over their flock and trying to keep warm....

I just love this little guy!

Guards at the city entrance

Angels watching over the nativity

This sly looking king is my son, Eric. Not quite sure what that look means.

The true meaning of Christmas

Animals in the stable

The first night was canceled due to ice in the forecast and the last night the weather was in the single digits. Fires were burning in barrels for everyone to warm their hands, but standing on snow and ice made it pretty uncomfortable for all the dedicated workers.

Beautiful music being sung by members of the choir.

Hot cider and cookies are served as you leave the nativity. Many families make this trip a family tradition each year. What are some of your family traditions?

I wish each and everyone of you a very special and blessed Christmas!


  1. I love live nativities like this. Bless everyones heart for being out in that freezing cold. Hope you have a wonderful Merry Christmas Cathie!

  2. Thanks for sharing this. Just a wonderful community tradition. What dedicated people to share the story of our New Born King!

  3. Thanks so much Cathie. This was beautiful!

    Merry Christmas!

  4. this is so cute and beautiful :)))

    just want to wish you and your family a blessed christmas and a wonderful new year!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing that! The little church here that used to do Journey to Bethlehem has not had it for a few years and I miss it. It was fun to go to yours!


  6. I so enjoyed these photos of the live nativity! I wish they had something like this by our home!
    Have a wonderful Christmas w/ your family!!

  7. I haven't seen a live nativity since I was a child. I'm just grinning over Mary's sneakers...hope that they were winter weight because it sure looks cold.

    Your son was doing very well to grin for the camera with those temps.

    Merry Christmas to you, too, and yours...

  8. Received my prints today, they are just perfect! Thank you.

  9. How beautiful to see and such a meaningful experience for all to enjoy as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  10. Awwww! I love all the animals! The lamb just melts my heart. That must be such a fun tradition to look forward to every year. I think I'd enjoy that so much.


  11. How very lovely, Catherine - what a blessing your church must be to your community. So very much enjoyed all the photos ... made me feel as if I was there. Thank you!

    Christmas Blessings to you & yours!

  12. Catherine, love the pics of the live Nativity!! We used to raise wool sheep so that little lamb brought back so many memories! I love the donkey too. The horse in the one picture looked like one I used to own! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Hi, I've never seen anything like wonderful!!

    Wanted to stop by and wish you and your family a wonderful holiday.


  14. This was a wonderful post Cathie! I'll bet they were freezing though. It's been in the single digits here too... brrrr.... but I love it ;)

    I want to wish you and yours and very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.


  15. Oh how I wish everyone stayed warm, especially those cute little sheep.

  16. This is just too amazing,so beautiful and the animals.WOW.Merry Christmas hon Marie Antionette

  17. I love your live display of Christmas. Just to let you know my Godchildren loved their pictures and so did their Mother. I believe she will be going to your web page. Again, beautiful showing of Christmas live...I love small churches.
    Polly and Steve

  18. Some how I lost track of you and today I found you again...adding u to favs

    this event looks sooooooofun

  19. Happy New Year! We all had flu over Xmas and I didn't get chance to catch up on blogland,(or anything else, for that matter) so I hope that all is well with you and yours.
    Kim xx


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