Welcoming in the season celebrating the birth of the Savior, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kingwood presented the 15th annual Nativity Exhibit and Music Festival. This holiday season visitors were able to take a trip back in time through an inspiring display of nativities from round the world reminding you of the miracle of the first Christmas so many years ago. At the same time Christmas music was performed by local choral and orchestral groups filling visitors with the magic of Christmas today. This wonderful celebration presented an opportunity to imagine and reflect on a time long ago. Onlookers and observers were in awe of the journey through rows of beautifully displayed nativities. Soft sparkling lights strung across the ceiling, Christmas trees with their fragrance flowing, rows of bright red poinsettias added to the spirit of the season. A candlelit table displayed many Bibles in different languages, all opened to Isaiah 9. Strolling through the array of nativities visitors experienced all the wonder of the Christmas story. Families were able to dress in the attire of Mary and Joseph and pose in a life size nativity for a complimentary photo. Taking pictures wearing the attire of the day has become a tradition for many families at the church. There were even tables of nativities for children. The Children’s Nativity Room had special nativity sets, activities and games designed especially for them. Christmas carols were sung through the night as the choir, composed of eight-to-ten year olds, lifted their voices in concert. Harp music was played, adding to the joy of the celebration. “Church members are responsible for the success of this event,” says Christine Brown, who has chaired the festival for the past five years. “Our five area congregations are generous with the hundreds of volunteer man-hours it takes to provide this holiday gift to the community. It has been my privilege to observe a small and large ‘Nativity miracles,’ as obstacles are overcome and this traditional event provides a meaningful beginning to the Christmas season.”

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