Nativity scene comes to life

VINCENT – The Christmas story came to life Sunday at Sweetapple Farm in Vincent when people from around the community gathered to do a live nativity scene.

Farm employees and members of Living Faith United Methodist Church appeared in the scene showing the story of the birth of Jesus Christ with people portraying Mary, Joseph, the angels, the wise men and the shepherds.

Some of the farm’s animals – including a donkey and a pair of baby goats – helped complete the scene which included traditional hymns and recited readings from the Bible.

“This is the 12th year of Living Faith volunteering for us,” said Mona Barrett, owner of Sweetapple Farm.

The nativity program continues today with members of Lighthouse Baptist Church playing the parts in the scene.

Barrett believes they will have around 150 people each night come to the Nativity scene.

“It could be more than that (this) evening,” she said.

The farm is open from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for the program, with the Nativity scene performances at 6:20 p.m. and 7:20 p.m.

The farm’s market is also open offering refreshments like hot chocolate. Santa and Mrs. Claus are on hand in the market to visit with guests.

There is no charge for admission but donations were accepted for the Western Washington County Food Pantry through a donation box and the wishing well.

“That is something to help them out,” Barrett said of the donations. “We do the live nativity as a way of saying ‘thank you’ to the community.

“It is a way of remembering, relaxing and smiling, because this is getting us back to the true meaning of Christmas.”