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Light in the sky will guide visitors to nativity scene

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Local volunteers create a live nativity scene on Cypress Drive in Marshall last year. The live nativity will be available for viewing from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9, in the 2500 block of Cypress Drive in Marshall.
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The light in the sky will be generated by a spotlight rather than a star, but it will lead the faithful to a scene similar to what followed the birth of Jesus Christ.

The live nativity scene will be available from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9, in the 2500 block of Cypress Drive in Marshall.

The nativity project is affiliated with First Christian Church and was established in 2010, led by Rebecca Early.

Volunteers will portray members of Jesus' family, shepherds and wise men. There will be music and live animals in the scene, too.

Early said the live nativity helps people remember the real purpose of the Christmas celebration.

Jennifer Aiken as Mary was among the first cast to portray the Christian nativity scene on Cypress Drive in Marshall Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010.
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"It's about the birth of Jesus Christ," she said. "I know there's a need for it."

And people have responded, she said.

"We stopped counting at 500 cars the first night" in 2010, she said.

A number of volunteers contribute to the scene each year.

Tim Butner built the stable, which is stored during the year at W.B. Young Company nearby.

This year, the Tim and Kristi Butner family, the Shawn and Tatiana Toliver family and the Dan and Rebecca Buie family are expected to help with the scene.

Contact Eric Crump at ecrump@marshallnews.com

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wow that sounds great!

I love seeing the Nativity scenes during the Christmas season.

It just makes it feel like Christmas.

It sounds like this year they went all out on it.

I sure am sorry I won't be able to see it in person but at least I can see the photos.

-- Posted by news across on Sun, Dec 9, 2012, at 7:14 PM

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