Trinity Lutheran Church in Lebanon is preparing a display featuring more than 80 nativity scenes from around the world. This year’s event is a gift to the public and open for all to enjoy from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3.

“It is amazing to see how the Christmas story is depicted by artists from all over the world,” said Pastor Emmanuel Penumaka. “Whether they are made from banana leaves or oyster shells, wood or fine porcelain – each nativity tells a story unique to the artist’s culture.”

This is the first year for Trinity Lutheran to create and host this family-friendly event and they hope it will become a new tradition for many looking for a way to start off the season of Advent. The nativities come in all shapes and sizes and are constructed of a variety of materials including shells, plant leaves, eggs, stones, nuts, pine needles, and seed pods, as well as various types of wood and ceramics. Some even feature animals that you might not expect to see in a nativity. There will also be an interactive nativity for children to handle.

The Nativities from Around the Globe Celebration will be located in Trinity Lutheran Church’s narthex and Fellowship Hall located at 2625 Elm Swamp Road, Lebanon. This event is free to the public and handicapped accessible. All ages are welcome.

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