Main Street filled with signs of Christmas

By Shelby Harrell | Dec 15, 2013
Photo by: Shelby Harrell Mary and Joseph are pictured holding baby Jesus in a manger display that was a part of a nativity during the Night Before Christmas.

Glowing luminaries, baby goats and lambs and carolers are just a few of the highlights that residents enjoyed on Saturday night during the annual Night Before Christmas celebration.

Dozens of adults and children lined up to meet Santa Claus, or waited in line to ride in a horse drawn wagon. Professor Whizzpop was also a big attraction, making balloon animals and hats on the street corner.

Most of the commotion downtown was coming from the live nativity scene, where guests  "registered" for the census and experienced Bethlehem as it would have been during the time Jesus was born. Breadmakers, blacksmiths, carpenters and shepherds were all demonstrating their crafts, while baby Jesus was swaddled in cloth in the manger with Joseph and Mary.

Many of the downtown shops were open and offered live music and snacks. Performers also lined the sidewalks, singing carols, or playing guitars and banjos.

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