Live nativity performed at Christ the King

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., Dec. 27, 2012
Nancy Farooque, dressed as Mary, spends a moment with her son Aleksandr, 4, as they look at baby Jesus during  a live nativity scene at Christ the King Lutheran Church. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Nancy Farooque, dressed as Mary, spends a moment with her son Aleksandr, 4, as they look at baby Jesus during a live nativity scene at Christ the King Lutheran Church. Photos by Colin Rajala.

The holiday season is filled with Christmas trees in windows, reindeers lit up on front lawns, lights strewn across gutters and even the occasional static nativity scene.

Members of Windsor’s Christ the King Lutheran Church and the Holy Zion Church of the Jubilee gathered together in the falling snow and harsh winds on Dec. 22 to bring an old tradition back to the forefront with a live nativity scene.

“We did it when we were young, 35 years ago, and now our children are old enough to participate, so we’re excited to see the next generation take over,” said Nancy Farooque, event coordinator. “It’s a whole family thing; it unites the young and old and puts the spirit back into Christmas.”

The two-hour scene took many hours of coordination and preparation from the two churches, with each helping out to make sure everything ran smoothly. Members helped to build a proper manger, while others delved into the old storage closet to see what pieces of the nativity were reusable and what pieces they needed to re-create. Farooque and other members were nostalgic, as they reminisced about their participation in the nativity as youngsters and hoped the younger members will receive a better understanding of Christmas and bring them closer to their religion.

“Remember the story, it is so good and so powerful,” said Pastor Doug Ryniewicz. “The story isn’t exclusive, it spans across bridges and religions. It creates something tangible. You can see it, you can visit it, and it feels like you are present in Bethlehem.”

A dozen members of the churches gathered at the homemade scene standing and kneeling around baby Jesus in his crib. The live nativity was as lifelike as they could make it, as members had covered the floor of the stable in straw and hay, adding animals they had cut from wood, as well as some stuffed sheep to comfort the younger ones. Luminaries lined the sidewalks and enticed passersby to stop and reflect for a minute. Participants in the live nativity spread holiday cheer to those driving down Park Avenue by waving at them, and the motorists answered back by beeping their car horns. Carolers provided background music to the peaceful scene.


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