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Hodgeville nativity event opens Friday morning

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By Jessi Gowan — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To remind people of the true meaning of Christmas, a couple of friends in Hodgeville are decorating the Community Centre with more than 300 nativity scenes and inviting the public to come out and enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of Christmas.

“This is the third year we have been displaying them, and it has just kept getting bigger as other people have contributed their nativity decorations

for our event,” explained Andrea Kerr, one of the organizers. “It’s a great opportunity for people to slow down and take some time to think about why we do what we are doing — what Christmas is really all about. Sometimes, it gets lost.”

Many of the decorations at the centre belong to Andrea Kerr and her friend Anne Barkman, who has been collecting them since 1989.

“After reading an article in the Country Woman magazine of a woman in Iowa who uses her home to display her collection of over 200 nativity scenes, I felt this was something I could and would like to do as well,” Barkman noted. “My collection has grown to over 100, many received as gifts, some homemade, and many purchased as we saw them. I especially enjoy creatively made ones. Each scene has a story, uniquely made by someone who interpreted Jesus’ birth in their own creative way for their culture and nationality.”

The nativities at the event are varied in size and style, ranging from small ornaments to larger tabletop displays, and even outside decorations. To add to the festive atmosphere, the centre is decorated with white lights and features refreshments, door prizes, and activities for children.

“There is no admission for this event either, we just want people to feel free to come out and enjoy it,” Kerr added. “We have heard really positive feedback from the community that people have just loved it, the atmosphere and the whole feeling of the experience. We are definitely expecting more people this year.”

The Community Centre will be open to visitors on Dec. 2 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Dec. 3 from 1-9 p.m., and Dec. 4 from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Feedback from last year suggested if it was open during the day on Friday, it might be able to accommodate visits from schools or seniors’ homes.

This will be the first year with the new hours, and organizers hope to see people take advantage of that.

“It really gets you in the Christmas spirit,” Kerr explained. “You walk into the room and there is just something different about the atmosphere. We’d love to have as many people come and experience that as possible.”

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