Living Nativity brings Christmas story to Baldwin community

BALDWIN — For the second year, the Altar Society at St. Ann Catholic Church has hosted a living nativity to depict the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus.

The skies were clear and calm for the two viewings, with the moon shining brightly over downtown Baldwin during the latter.

Dozens of people from the community came to watch, warm by the campfire, enjoy hot chili and hot chocolate, and sing along to "Silent Night" at the end of each performance.

Kids enjoyed petting a baby goat, sheep and a donkey. People in the crowd laughed when the donkey, sheep and a dog in the audience added their own dialogue and singing.

Re-enactors portraying Mary and Joseph, shepherds and the three Magi in realistic historical costumes, traveled down a lit path from the Inn (the Lake County Historical Museum) to a wooden stable near St. Ann Catholic Church, while narrators read the Christmas story.

Christmas songs such as "Angels we Have Heard on High," "O Holy Night," "We Three Kings" and "Silent Night" were sung in correlation to the events of the story.

Judy and Chris Walker, who worked on organizing the event, were happy with the turnout and thankful to all who took part to share the celebration of Christmas with the community.