It's one night only and tonight is the night. (Friday)

We hear Christmas carols on the radio like Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,  The First Noel, Silent Night, Do You Hear What I Hear, and others that remind us what Christmas is all about. Jesus, the Son of God came to Earth to die for the sins of the world. He was born in a humble stable and laid in a lowly manger because there was no room for him in the inn. As the angels told the shepherds on the hillside, "Unto you is born this day, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."

Still, it's easy to lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas. There are visits with Santa, holiday parties, Christmas shopping, family gatherings, and special events that fill up the holiday season and occupy our minds.

It was such a joy to me when I discovered there was a live nativity being presented Friday night right here in the Grand Valley. Shepherds, sheep, angels, an innkeeper, real animals, and a stable. There are free 'tours' from 5:00 until 8:00 that last about 30 minutes followed by free cocoa and cookies. I think it sounds like a great event.

If you are free tonight I would encourage you to step back from the hustle and bustle of the season and visit the live nativity and take a little time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. The celebration of Christmas certainly looks different today than it did back then, but that very first Christmas night gives us a reason to celebrate.

The location of the live nativity is at the High Desert Ranch Horse Hotel at 1280 20 Road.

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