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Eclectic hosts live Nativity story

Published 11:54am Tuesday, December 4, 2012

By David Goodwin, Staff Writer

With new scenes and an expanded cast, An Eclectic Christmas will enter its fourth year offering an immersive experience of the Nativity story.

A rustic farm near the south limits of Eclectic on Alabama Highway 63 will be transformed into the Bethlehem of biblical times. Volunteers from Eclectic and the surrounding area will portray characters from the story of the first Christmas.

Free tours begin Wednesday night at 6 p.m. and continue through Dec. 9.

“It’s a great way to start the Christmas season,” said the Rev. Britt Green of First Baptist Church of Eclectic. “There are so many ideas bombarding us when we turn on the TV, when we go shopping. This is a great way to keep Christmas the way it was intended to be.”

Organizer Verdie Nummy McNeal said one of her goals this year was to recruit sufficient players and behind-the-scenes workers to rotate cast members each night, if necessary.

“We wanted this to be a blessing, not a burden,” McNeal said. “And it has stepped up, where we have angels running out our ears and multiple people ready for all the roles.”

Visitors are invited to stroll through the Christmas story each evening, from the announcement of Herod’s census, to the appearance of angels to the shepherds and the quest of the wise men to follow the star. They’ll stroll through the streets of Bethlehem, where Mary and Joseph are turned away from the inn.

An Eclectic Christmas is located at 1733 Claud Road in Eclectic. Coffee and a warm tent are available while waiting for the tour.

Call 334-541-4444 to reserve a tour or check for space. Handicap tours are available.

Goodwin is political editor of the Eclectic Observer.