Nativities from around world to be displayed

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Photo above: More than 110 nativities will be on display at First Presbyterian Church. Photo provided.

The Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church will present “A Nativity Celebration” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 9; and from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, in the Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church at the corner of Church and North streets in Beaufort.

For several years a member of the church, Marion Leach, along with other ladies of the church, visited the Crèche Festival held at Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner. 

As a collector of nativities, Leach became inspired to share a similar gift to the community.  

For the seventh year the ladies of the church will be transforming the fellowship hall and sharing beautifully displayed nativities from around the world (some by local artists) collected by members and friends. In celebration and memory of Leach, this year’s display will include her entire collection of nativities.

“It is amazing to see how the Christmas story is depicted by artists from different countries as well as different regions of the United States,” according to a release. “Each year the display has grown, with last year having 110 different nativities made of various materials from the finest porcelain to banana leaves.

“They come in all sizes and shapes, some so small they fix in a match box. It is truly to be enjoyed by all ages, becoming a family Christmas tradition for some.”

There is even a “Please Touch” table for children.

Admission is free and the fellowship hall is handicap accessible.