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Luminarias On Harrison Street And Living Nativity Will Be Presented Sunday

By Staff | Dec 18, 2008

An annual holiday tradition in Emmetsburg will be joined by a presentation of the Nativity this Sunday, Dec. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg. A presentation of a living Nativity scene will be combined with the annual Luminarias on Harrison Street to mark the approach of the Christmas holiday.

“Our whole reason for doing this is to put Christ back in Christmas,” noted Gennifer Scott, one of the organizers of the live presentation of the Nativity. “We originally wanted to do this outside, but with the forecast, we’re moving the Nativity into St. Paul’s Lutheran Church social hall.”

The living nativity will feature a telling of the Christmas story, along with songs of the season for all ages to enjoy along with the magic and mystery of that night long ago in a stable.

Persons attending the Living Nativity are asked to consider donating either a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Upper Des Moines Opportunity Food Pantry, or cash donations to the American Red Cross.

The Living Nativity will also serve as the prelude to the annual Luminaria on Harrison Street, a tradition that residents living on Harrison Street began back in 1993. Janis and Brian Campbell began the event and continue to participate in the Mexican custom of “Lighting the way for Christ” with the luminaria lining both sides of the street, from First to Ninth Street starting at 6:30 p.m., for Sunday night only.

Paper bags or plastic milk jugs are used as the luminara, and are placed by homeowners along the curbs of their property along Harrison Street for the enjoyment of all who wish to view the lights. All residents along Harrison Street are urged to set out luminaria on Sunday night for the annual event.

“The holidays are such a beautiful and magical time of the year, and we just want to share the joy of Christmas with everyone,” Scott noted.

Coffee and cookies will be offered in St. Paul’s social hall following the Living Nativity and for those viewing the Luminrias on Harrison Street.