Nativities Sought for Annual Festival

This year, A Night of Nativity will usher in the traditional Christmas season a week early, beginning on Nov. 30, so residents of Chewelah and surrounding communities who wish to display their nativities will have to take them out of storage one week earlier than in past years.


The event will begin on Friday, Nov. 30, and will continue through Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2.

“As in previous years, we are inviting everyone to begin the Christmas season with a celebration of the birth of Christ by allowing us to display their nativities,” said Jean Jones, event chairperson.

“It is our goal again this year to display over 300 nativities from around the globe, all generously donated for display by community members and representing a unique variety of styles, cultures, and motifs.”

“It is surprising how many people in this area collect nativities. Some local people have over 30 nativities, and they allow us to display a sampling of them every year.”

“This is the eighth year that we are presenting this event. Each year, the number of exhibits has increased as more members of the community allow us to display their nativities.

Each year, A Night of Nativity is calendared early in the Christmas season so that nativities can be displayed on Friday through Sunday. That way, the nativities can be immediately returned to their owners so they can display them in their home through the Christmas season.

So, do you have a nativity that you would like to display at this year’s A Night of Nativity?

“Last year, our goal was to display 250 nativities, but we were able to have 314 nativities displayed,” said Sharon Ludwig, a member of the committee.

“This year, the goal is to display even more. We eventually hope to fill the entire gym at the church with nativities. So, we are again asking everyone in the Chewelah area who has nativities to let us display them for these three days. We would especially like to see ones that have not been displayed in the past.

“Each nativity displayed will include a card showing the name of its owner. You can either bring your nativity to the church on Monday or Tuesday, November 26 or 27, or we will make arrangements to pick it up at your home. Every nativity will be photographed and numbered so they all get back to their owners.”

To display your nativity, please phone Jean Jones, 935-4574, Miki Fulbright, 935-4111, or Sharon Ludwig, 935-8832.

“I think this is a wonderful way to begin the Christmas season,” continued Ludwig, “and it gives us all a timely reminder of what this holiday really celebrates.”

This year, A Night of Nativity will again be a three-day event on Friday, Nov. 30, from 6-9 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 2-8 p.m., and on Sunday, December 2, from 3:30 to 7 p.m.

“This means that A Night of Nativity is only two weeks away,” said Ludwig, “so put it on your calendar.

Admission is free, refreshments will be provided, and Christmas music commemorating the birth of the Christ Child will be performed by members of our community. Can you think of a better way to begin the Christmas season?

Friday’s musical performance will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday’s performance will start at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, there will be a one-hour broadcast from Salt Lake City that includes music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra.

A Night of Nativity is sponsored by the Chewelah Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

-Submitted by the Chewelah Wardof the Church of Jesus Christof Latter-day Saints