MIDWAY — Tabletops filled with an abundance of nativity scenes from around the world are ready to go on display next week during the 19th annual Midway Christmas Creche exhibit.
This exhibit, themed "Oh Come, Let Us Adore Him!" and gives community members the opportunity to gather together and be part of the event, even if they are simply donating their nativity scene for the four days.
It is estimated that over 300 nativity sets will be on display this year, many originating from a variety of countries from around the world including Uganda, Peru and France, to name a few. Some even come from countries that don’t celebrate Christmas, but each artfully displays the country's interpretation of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Midway resident Ellen Kowallis has participated in the event before and enjoys the unification of the community in putting on such an event.
"I’ve been really blessed to be a part of this for so many years. And to see everyone giving their time to help host, donating their precious collections so others can enjoy, and offering up their talents is really something special," she said.
Kowallis has helping with the event on and off for the past 15 years and is the event coordinator for this year’s exhibit. She was also actively involved during the last two years as part of the service organization known as Boosters.
She said the Christmas Creche exhibit is a great way to start off the holiday season; and with their addition of baked goods for sale, alongside live donkey and sheep, and novelties from local vendors, it’s sure to be a fun experience for the entire family.
"Everyone tries so hard at this time of year to get along. It's just a wonderful way to come and get that true Christmas spirit, remember what it's really all about, right before you start the rest of your holidays, the celebration and party," Kowallis said.
The free event will be held at the Midway’s Historic Town Hall on 124 W. Main Street. It’s open Dec. 6-7 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Dec. 8-9 from 2-8 p.m.
Because they are donated for display by the community, the nativity scenes are not for sale.