If you are looking for something to help you get into the true spirit of the season, you might want to check out the Live Nativity presented by Pathways Community Church. The presentation continues on Sunday night (December 21) and runs from 6-9 pm. You can drive through, but I recommend getting out and walking. It’s very short, and you can get up close with a camel, donkey, or several sheep. It also allows you to chat with some of the people – all volunteers – who are portraying the various figures from the Nativity story.
The Nativity starts off with the Wise Men, accompanied by Samson, a very friendly young camel. If you walk you can pet Samson and give him a little alfalfa snack. The Wise Men will point the way to your next stop.
Next up are the shepherds watching their sheep (and a couple goats) who are being visited by an angel. The angel announces the birth of a Savior in Bethlehem and tells them he can be found lying in a manger.
In between the scenes are huge scripture readings that help take you from point to point. The final point is the manger scene, with Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus all portrayed by volunteers (yes, even the baby is a volunteer).
After you go through the Live Nativity you can stop by the church itself for some music and refreshments. But you need to hurry, since it only runs one more night – Sunday, December 21, from 6-9 pm. Pathways Community Church is located on the northeast corner of Mast Blvd. and Carlton Hills Blvd.