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Fort Macleod invited to community nativity display

Nativity displays will be showcased Thursday and Friday during the Community Nativity Display at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Nativity displays will be showcased Thursday and Friday during the Community Nativity Display at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Nativity displays from around the world will be showcased this week at a Fort Macleod church.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is hosting its third annual nativity display on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 7-8.
“It’s a chance for us to get together and visit,” organize Charlene Burdett said.
The free display is open for public viewing from 7-9 p.m. at the church at 643 20th St., Fort Macleod.
The display has grown in scope in each of its first two years as more community members respond to the call for creches, or nativity scenes, to be loaned.
In its first year close to 90 nativity displays were loaned for the two-day event, and that number topped 100 last year.
The creches were of great variety — from store-bought to homemade and from Canada and abroad.
The event attracted good crowds in its first two years as people admired the creches.
Bringing the community together is one of the goals of the event, which is organized to be an informal gathering with people coming and going throughout the evening.
New this year is a formal musical program each night beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The 45-minute program will feature performances by the church choir, the Claresholm Community Singers, the Welcome Mat Choir and others.
The program will be different each night.
A nativity film will be shown both nights in a separate room.
Hot apple cider and other Christmas treats will be served both nights.
People are invited to set up their own nativity displays at the church from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7.
The church will have people on hand during viewing hours whose job it is to supervise and protect the creches.
To further add to the protection of the displays, children under the age of 12 must be accompanied and supervised closely by someone responsible.
People are encouraged to write out the story behind their creche to share with the public if they choose.
To contribute your creche to the community display, phone Kristi Edwards at 403-915-0475.

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