Thomasville Times Enterprise

December 4, 2012

A world of nativities

Staff Writer

THOMASVILLE — Subdued lighting, peaceful music, and dozens of nativity sets from all over the world will be on display for the public Friday and Saturday evenings, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 807 Remington Ave. in Thomasville.

Visitors are invited to drop in any time between 6 and 8 p.m. to see the nativities in a festive holiday setting with live musical performances throughout the evening. This is the fourth annual event.

"We have enjoyed seeing the wide variety of nativity sets every year," says Linda Johnson, who has worked on the event each year. "Friends and neighbors who have traveled all over the world have loaned us their sets for display. It’s fascinating to see how different cultures portray the Christ child with their own version of the same story, using native materials in a variety of sizes.”

Several live musical performers will appear, with both vocal and instrumental selections as background. Visitors will be able to stroll through the display at their own pace, and all ages are invited. There is no charge for the event.

"Every year, this nativity display reminds me of the deep and enduring faith in Christ that is evident in most of the world and that helps unite us at this wonderful time of year,” added Shea McDougald, one of the original organizers of the annual event.  "We think of this as our gift to the community, and we hope people will come and share the joy of the season."