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Grapeland church brings Christmas story to life with living nativity

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GRAPELAND, TX (KTRE) -

The ever-so common drive thru is the inspiration behind a new holiday display at one East Texas church.

Grapeland Baptist Church created a living nativity where people can just drive thru the story of Jesus Christ scene by scene.

A small Grapeland church brought the Christmas story to life, converting their property into a drive thru nativity.

"We're trying to re-enact the various scenes related to the Christmas story as best we can using live people and animals," said Grapeland Baptist Church Pastor, Delmar White.

The idea was to bring the story of Christ's birth off the pages and make it for convenient for people to experience.

"That was the intention to make it as accessible as possible," said White. "Make it a little easier for folks as well to drive thru read some of the signs that deal with the story and see the people that are enacting those."

White says the whole congregation got involved from planning to props and even acting out different key scenes in the story.

"We have the scene of the shepherds as the angels came and spoke to them about the birth of Christ and try to exhibit kind of the fear and wonder that they felt," said White. "We also have a scene of the actual stable where Mary and Joseph and Baby Jesus was born. Finally we have the scene of the magi or the wise men as they were on their way to Bethlehem."

White says he hopes their living nativity will remind people the reason for the season.

"There's a difference between even reading it in the Bible or seeing it in a story book and just seeing people trying to in some sense re-enact t hat and you get more of a picture of what it was really like," said White. "It's always important just to be reminded that when we kind of depict theses scenes we are going back to the recognition that it's all about Jesus and that God sent his Son to earth for us and that's what we're especially excited about as we present this that we're just reminding people that indeed Jesus has come and he's here for each one of us."

This is the first year the church has put together a living nativity but they tell us they hope to make it an annual Christmas tradition with plans to expand and make it even more unique in the future.

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