UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Christmas the way it was

December 13, 2009
Patty Wood Bartle

As fall temperatures drop and winter rolls in people's attention turns to the approach of Christmas. There is the hustle and bustle of shopping, baking, celebrations with family and friends.

But all too often, the real Christmas story gets lost in the festivities of the season. Not so this year. A group of young women wanted to be sure their children know the story of the first Christmas. And they have set out to bring it to life.

Ever wondered what it was like in Bethlehem that first Christmas. Baby Jesus lying in a manger with the cattle, sheep and donkey nearby. Maybe you'd like to talk with Mary or Joseph. You can do just that, well kind of, on Saturday, December 19th. A group of individuals will provide a live Nativity with real animals. You'll be able to talk with Edgeley's Mary and Joseph. You can even get up close with the animals.

But wait there is more. What would have been going on in the streets of Bethlehem? There will be booths much like the open market which will provide activities such as a scribe shop, leather making, pottery, carpentry and painting. Other activities include baking and candy making.

The scene in the armory will be set with a forest of Christmas Trees. Interested individuals, businesses and organizations are asked to decorate a tree. Visitors to the Bethlehem Christmas will have a chance to vote on the trees. But there is a twist, the ballot is a cash donation. All proceeds will be donated to the 125th committee. If you want to get involved contact one of the organizers listed at the close of this article.

Moving into the current time period, there will be an opportunity to be named the Best Sweet Maker in Edgeley. Check with Tristy Carroll for more details.

The sounds of Christmas will fill the air. The Edgeley Community Choir will perform at 2:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars and plan to be a part of this community event on Saturday, December 19th. The event will be open to the public from noon to 4:00 p.m.

Organizers are in need of tarps, outdoor canopies (to use to set up shops), costumes from Biblical times, hay and manager scene items, actors and actresses to play a variety of roles. Animals for the live Nativity are needed and should be tolerant of loud noises and people.

If you would like to donate time, supplies or money to this special event please contact Tristy Carroll, 493-3258, Beth Andrys, 493-2983, Nicole Wiederrich, 493-2021 or Nicole Gibson, 493-3176.

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