500 nativity scenes on display in Hodgeville from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1

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A pre-Christmas tradition will continue in Hodgeville on the weekend of Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 when the Night Jesus Was Born nativity scene display will be hosted at the Hodgeville Community Centre.

Now in its fifth year, the Night Jesus Was Born will boast more than 500 nativity scenes in this ever expanding display which draws us closer to the real meaning of Christmas.

The concept of displaying Nativity Scenes in rural communities first came to Anne Barkman when she attended a similar event in Edmonton. Barkman's passion for collecting nativity scenes was supported by gifts from family and friends to celebrate Christmases over the years. She treasured each gift and wanted to find ways for others to join in sharing the true meaning of Christmas in a way that brought folks together to reflect enjoy the ambience of the setting and appreciate the beauty of each Nativity Scene.

In 2009 Anne and Andrea Kerr launched The Night Jesus Was Born in the Kelstern Community Church. As more contributors joined in to share their Nativity Scene collections the Night Jesus Was Born moved to the Hodgeville Community Centre.

Collections on display now come from surrounding communities reaching as far as Beechy, Herbert, Shamrock, Cabri, Gravelbourg, Rush Lake, Glen Bain, Morse and Swift Current. Nativity Scenes on display are made from a variety of materials and come in a wide range of sizes from the size of a lapel pin to a white, wooden outdoor display. In addition to handmade wall hangings, quilts and stained glass there are nativity scenes from countries around the globe.

The Night Jesus Was Born will be hosted at the Hodgeville Community Centre on Nov. 29 (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.), Nov. 30 (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and again on Dec. 1 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Plan ahead to attend this celebration of the Night Jesus Was Born! As you enter the wheelchair accessible hall it’s easy to identify the sounds, smells and images of the spirit of the season. Nativity scenes are displayed on tables ad shelves at eye level among Christmas trees and lights. Soft Christmas music makes it easy and relaxing to allow your mind to drift to your own recollections of precious Christmas moments and memories to share with family or friends. After you have enjoyed viewing the displays find a cozy seat, help yourself to refreshments like apple cider and Christmas treats while you take in the spirit of the Night Jesus Was Born as you chat with others.

Organizations: Hodgeville Community Centre

Geographic location: Hodgeville

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