BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
KAYSVILLE – For many people, the real spirit of the season began in a little manger in Jerusalem.
This year’s Kaysville Nativity Celebration is set for Nov. 29 from 2-9 p.m. and Nov. 30 from 11 a.m-9 p.m. at the newly re-opened Kaysville Tabernacle. The centerpiece of the two-day event is a collection of hundreds of nativities from around the world, all of them celebrating that first Christmas.
“It’s a wonderful way to start out the season,” said Nola Child, who helped organize the event. “It gives us a chance to focus on the real meaning of Christmas. We can get that feeling, then have the opportunity to carry it with us through the busyness of the season.”
The celebration, a tradition for Kaysville residents, has made its home in the tabernacle for the last several years. This year, it will be the first public event held at the recently remodeled building.
“The tabernacle has been going through some really exciting renovations,” she said. “This will be kind of an unveiling.”
No matter how good the building looks, the star of the show will be a collection of nativities from dozens of different countries. Child said that there would be approximately 700 on display at this year’s event, some from her own collection. With so many to choose from, she said it’s hard to pick a favorite.
“For me, the favorite is always the last one I got,” she said.
Live music will be provided throughout both days by local musicians and performing groups, including Flautissimo, the Creekside Singers, Davis Master Chorale, organist Judy Siddoway, and more. The final concert, by Bells of Joyful Sound, will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday night.
For the kids, there will be a variety of nativities that are safe to play with. There will also be a live nativity, as well as a display of antique toys provided in part by the Heritage Museum in Layton.
“That, I’m excited to see,” said Child.
The Kaysville Tabernacle is located at 198 W. Center St. in Kaysville. For more information and the complete concert schedule, visit kaysvillenativity.blogspot.com.