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Grace Lutheran in Luverne to host Live Nativity

LUVERNE — Grace Lutheran Church, 500 N. Kniss Ave., is hosting a Live Nativity from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m Sunday .

Live actors, animals and carolers will gather around a handcrafted stable for all who attend to come and see the story of the birth of Jesus.

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“This is a get-out-of-your-car event,” said planning committee member Terri Ebert. “I know it’s going to be cold out there, but we’re hearty Minnesotans who can handle it. We’re hoping people will come outside, brave the cold and enjoy the Nativity.”

Due to forecasted chilly temperatures, there will be two sets of actors for each character, and costumes have been designed to fit over snow gear. Live animals will be provided by a local 4-H club.

“It’s amazing we’ve had so many volunteers for this program, and I’m very grateful for everyone who is volunteering their time and money,” said Ebert.

“I’m very excited about the animals,” added Ebert. “So far we have a few sheep, a donkey and a calf.”

To keep warm, a fire pit will be set up near the Nativity set for attendees to gather and enjoy popcorn and hot chocolate.

There will also be events — such as games for children, more Christmas carolers and a warm chili supper — inside the church, for when it gets a little too cold outdoors.

Planning for next year’s Live Nativity is already in the works.

“I didn’t know about it for this year, but there is a farm that raises camels for these kinds of events,” said Ebert. “So I have already reserved camels for this weekend next year.”

On Sunday, volunteers costumed as angels will direct people to parking. The committee asks attendees not to park in the nearby Christian Reformed Church parking lot, as a Sunday night service is scheduled there.

“People are so stressed out from shopping or baking, and they forget the true meaning of Christmas — so we’re bringing it back,” said Ebert. “This is our Christmas present to the whole community.”

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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