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Live Nativity Scene Returns to Middleburg

Nov 20, 2014 10:47AM ● By Erica Shames

Each year, for the past 13 years, a farm in Middleburg hosts a live nativity scene they have titled “The Christmas Story.” The idea arose from the yearly manger scene that adorns the family’s front yard.

"We have this big empty barn that we didn't use, so we thought it could be made into a play," Tanya Hertzler stated. The idea has become a holiday tradition.

Each year the family connects with four to five host-churches that help supply refreshments; members of the congregations serve as volunteer-actors. “There is a script written for the play,” added Hertzler. “We try to make it Biblically correct, as much as possible."

The performance is live, everyone is in full costume and live music adds to the experience. The play is 30 minutes long and the unique event takes place the first three Saturdays after Thanksgiving—Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13.

There no charge for admission, however a donation box is set up to help with expense. “Anything left over is given to local charities,” said Hertzler. 

After the guests watch the play they come into a large greeting room where they enjoy live music from the choir and music from a gospel band.  Then they enjoy homemade cookies and hot chocolate. 

Tanya is very passionate about their Christmas tradition. “It's a beautiful story," she said, "It’s a hopeful story, the greatest story ever told. And it should be told over and over again to all generations, to give the world hope and joy."

For more information, please call 570-837-3192

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