Habitat invites all to show nativity sets

Hand painted by the McAtees  | GCNO file photo

Habitat for Humanity’s Nativity Festival, which has become community-wide celebration of the Christmas season, is slated for Sunday, Dec. 10, at the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson.

The Nativity Festival provides a special opportunity for area residence to share their nativity scenes with their unique stories.

Owners of nativity sets are invited to display one or more of their favorites at the festival. Displays will be set up by their owners between 12:30 and 2 pm, the day of the festival. Public display will begin at 3. Persons who plan to display nativities can call Jill Lamoureux at 515-370-4785 to reserve a display spot.

There is not a cost to display nativity sets and there is not an admission charge to attend the Nativity Festival. Free will donations toward the local efforts of Habitat for Humanity will be accepted.

The Nativity Festival also features quality musicians with a community Christmas concert beginning at 4 pm in the church sanctuary. A soup supper and auction of masterpiece-quality pies from the area’s most accomplished bakers will follow the concert in the spacious fellowship hall. Supper is expected to begin at about 5:15.

Owners may pick up their nativity sets after the soup supper or on the following Monday.
Habitat is also accepting a limited number of nativity sets for sale by silent auction. Those wishing to donate a set may contact Lamoureux as well.

Several distinctive nativity sets that have unique construction materials and fascinating stories of origin have already been committed to the festival.

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