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Organizers hope living nativity will become a holiday tradition

Unlike the nativity scenes that will be placed on mantles and coffee tables throughout the world, the scene on the lawn at Long Ridge Baptist Church will be filled with teens and adults giving a live action re-enactment of the birth of Christ.
The church will be presenting its nativity scene for the second time, which includes music and narration.
Rita Richardson, a member of the church’s congregation, said last year was a trial and error run, but things have been changed for this year’s presentation.
“(The nativity scene) was one thing our pastor Roger Alford really wanted to start,” Richardson said. “We include most of our young children in it, but our entire congregation is involved in one way or the other.”
The narration is taken from Luke 2, with the story beginning with Mary and Joseph’s journey through Bethelehem, the birth of Christ, the wisemen and shepherds visiting the manger.
Richardson said the scene lasts roughly 30 minutes and those who wish to see the presentation can drive up in their vehicles.
“Last year, we were in the beginning stages and didn’t make it plain that it was a program,” Richardson said. “We had several churches that came and brought vans, but we’ll have speakers setup and you can hear it from your vehicle.”
Richardson said the nativity scene will provide a glimpse into the true meaning of Christmas, which can sometimes be lost within the gift buying.
“I think our church feels that it’s just good to have a reenactment where children and adults too can come and see the real meaning of Christmas,” Richardson said.
The nativity scene will take place beginning at 7 p.m., Dec. 19 and 23.
Long Ridge Baptist Church is located at 3575 Highway 127 North, Owenton.