Words of experience for those
considering a live Nativity scene
Interpreter used Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to ask experienced
live Nativity-stagers to share tips with those planning their first experience.
Read some of the tips below and check out â€œHow to Create an Outdoor Christmas
Living Nativity Sceneâ€
and â€œHow to Make Costumes for a Nativity Scene.â€
Check out local regulations
regarding any permits or permissions required.
â€œIt takes a lot of
people! Live animals are always a big hit! We had them in the sanctuary.â€ Tammy
Fisher Green (Florida Green)
Take care of the people
â€œHaving a place for interaction is
important -especially to invite them back to other events/ remembrances, or to
speak with them about what they've seen. Effective publicity about the event is
important. Don't lip sync to canned tapes/presentations.â€ Â The Rev. Paul Dunham, Winstead United
Methodist Church, Wilson, N.C.
â€œHave somewhere close by where you can make
hot chocolate and keep it coming to the folks doing your staging,â€ the
Rev,Â Susan Rector, Â Trinity United Methodist Church, Bluefield, W.
â€œRotate the Nativityâ€™s players
if the weather is very cold, and make sure everyone wears warm clothing,â€ said
the Rev. Marikay Green, Repaupo United
Methodist Church, Penns Grove, N.J.
â€œI once planned a Live
Nativity â€¦.Â We had a great piece of
property, right on a busy road (which allowed) people (to) turn off the road,
drive through the Nativity and never leave their cars. â€¦ Remember the outreach
is the key. We gave a packet of church info and candy canes to each carload.Â We had nine scenes, from Gabriel and Mary
through the Resurrection, and then at the end, we had a cafe where our praise
team sang Christmas songs. I delegated teams -- Outreach Team to hand out
church literature, direct traffic and host the cafe; Costume and Casting Team;
Scene Construction Team; childcare volunteers for the other volunteers;
Promotional Team to get the word out. We hired off-duty police to direct
traffic (check with your local municipality to see how this is done â€“ sometimes
they want on-duty officers to do this).â€ Georgie
Albright Schuttauf, Kissimmee, Fla.
Take care of the animals
Secure any live animals. â€œLast
year, two of our sheep escaped and ran across the four-lane highway, chased by
shepherds and an angel,â€ said Vicki Bruhn Fisher of Sac City United Methodist Church in Sac City, Iowa.
â€œDon't tether ANY of the animals to the
stable backdrop. The first dog through the neighborhood will have them dragging
stable and Baby Jesus after the poor dog out for his evening
constitutional.â€Â The Rev. Susan Rector
handy with lassos and shovels. Just saying...clean it up.â€ The Rev. Billie
Dalton, Battle Creek, Mich.