Here's a great way to celebrate the Christmas season.

Once again this year, a group of people in the Fruita area will be hosting a live nativity event for the Christmas season. It was so popular last year, they've decided to make it a three-night event this year.

The live nativity is put on by a group of individuals, friends, neighbors, and people from various churches. It's not sponsored by a particular church or denomination, which probably makes it much more comfortable for those attending who want to celebrate this aspect of the season without feeling any obligation to a particular church.

Here's what you can expect if you go.

You'll take a hayride through a field to meet the shepherds who are tending their sheep. Yes, these are real, live sheep. You'll hear the angels sing (You know, like hark, the herald angels sing.) You'll visit with the innkeeper and then walk to a real stable to see the baby Jesus, and live animals. Afterward, you can enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies. The event also includes stories, crafts, and caroling around the campfire.

I think it's so great to have this live nativity event going on as we wrap up what has been a most difficult year. There is a certain joy that comes with the season and our holiday celebrations, and for so many of us, this nativity represents the true meaning of Christmas and the reason we celebrate.

Each tour takes about 30 minutes, so you'll want to come prepared to be out in the chilly December air for a while. That means dress warm and wear appropriate and comfortable walking shoes. In keeping with COVID restrictions and guidelines, group sizes will be limited

The free live nativity event takes place at 1280 20 Road in Fruita December 18th-20th from 5:30pm-8:30pm each night.

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