Night Je­sus Was Born cel­e­brat­ing 10th an­niver­sary

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The 10th an­nual “Night Je­sus Was Born” Na­tiv­ity Dis­play will fea­ture a new look when it is held on Novem­ber 30 to De­cem­ber 2 in Hodgeville.

First held with a col­lec­tion of about 150 items, the 2018 edi­tion of Night Je­sus Was Born will boast over 900 na­tiv­ity scenes made of var­i­ous ma­te­ri­als.

The decade long run­ning dis­play grew from a com­par­a­tively small dis­play at the Kel­stern Com­mu­nity Church where it was hosted for two years be­fore grow­ing into a larger en­deav­our and mov­ing to the Hodgeville Com­mu­nity Cen­tre for the past seven years. The ex­hi­bi­tion is again be­ing co­or­di­nated by or­ga­niz­ers An­drea Kerr and Anne Bark­man, and the event has grown in size ev­ery year it has been held.

Bark­man ad­mit­ted that when they started the na­tiv­ity scene dis­play a decade ago, she never en­vi­sioned it grow­ing to the size and scope it is to­day.

“We are just floored with the re­sponse and the in­ter­est,” Bark­man said. “The in­ter­est not just in the pub­lic com­ing to see our dis­plays, but the in­ter­est in peo­ple who want to share their scenes with us.”

“We had over 900 last year, and peo­ple al­ready this year have said ‘oh, I’ve got 11 new ones. I can’t wait to share them with you’.”

Bark­man’s per­sonal na­tiv­ity scene col­lec­tion has also grown sig­nif­i­cantly in the past decade.

“My col­lec­tion now has grown to over 225 na­tiv­ity scenes,” she said.

“I love to see the artistry that’s in the scenes, and what each dif­fer­ent artist or cre­ator of a scene to see their vi­sion of what the na­tiv­ity could look like and how they’ve por­trayed it.”

This past year Night Je­sus Was Born had grown so large that they ex­panded the area in the Hodgeville Com­mu­nity

Cen­tre they were dis­play­ing in.

“We’ve al­ready ex­panded into the Se­nior Room. We were just in the main hall in the years be­fore, but last year we ex­panded into the Se­nior Room sim­ply be­cause we are now get­ting bus loads of peo­ple who are com­ing,” she said. “When you have 40 peo­ple com­ing in at one time and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the sights and sounds and smells of Christ­mas, it’s awe­some.”

For the 10th an­niver­sary edi­tion they have cho­sen to dis­play the na­tiv­ity scenes in a dif­fer­ent way, and she said she is look­ing for­ward to the re­ac­tion of the pub­lic to those changes.

“Lots of peo­ple have said this is the start to their Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion.”

Night Je­sus Was Born runs on the fol­low­ing dates at the Hodgeville Com­mu­nity Cen­tre:

Fri­day, Novem­ber 30 - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Satur­day, De­cem­ber 1 - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sun­day, De­cem­ber 2 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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