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Celebration of Special Christmas Tradition

Daphne, AL (November 20, 2013) - St. Paul s Episcopal Church, Daphne, AL, will host its Fifth Annual Festival of Nativities to usher in the Christmas season. This special exhibit has featured over 400 nativity displays in a variety of mediums, representing religions and traditions from countries all over the world.

It is an honor for St. Paul s to host this celebration for our community. We hope that people of all faiths and beliefs will visit and enjoy the craftsmanship and the collections that people have created, states Debbie Quinn, Festival of Nativities planning committee member.

The exhibit will be held in the church s Life Center, located at 28788 North Main Street in Daphne, AL. This special Christmas season tradition will open to the community from 10 am - 4 pm daily as follows:

Friday, December 13
Saturday, December 14
Sunday, December 15

No admission will be charged and refreshments will be available. The exhibit is especially child-friendly, with a cr che play area, puzzles and books provided - all especially designed for students aged four years and up. For more information or to schedule group/school tours, call the church office at 251.626.2421, email debbiequinn@bellsouth.net, or visit www.stpaulseasternshore.com.

About the Festival of Nativities
The Festival of Nativities exhibit has featured a vast assortment of over 400 nativity scenes. These handcrafted masterpieces have been designed and constructed with mediums such as clay, glass, hay, paper, porcelain, and wood, as well as other, more exotic materials, like abalone shells, alabaster, balsa wood, and bamboo. Additionally, there will be works of Bay area artists available for purchase, with a wide range of perspectives on the story of the birth of Jesus, stemming from different time periods, international faiths and cultural origins.

To-date, contributing local artists include: Lucy Hunnicutt, Provie Muso, Lee Holmes, Shelly Smith, Americ a Jones, Amber Ivey, Debbie Rawls Holobaugh, Ack Moore, Sr., Molly Reyenga,
Bill Yeaarty, Laura Cane Armstrong, Candace Pryor of Tom Jones Pottery, and Abby Leach. Also contributing very special nativity scenes are St. Paul's Preschool and the Exceptional Foundation of the Gulf Coast.

This is a rare opportunity to see such a vast array of international history and traditions on display locally.

About the History of Nativity Scenes
Defined as a model or tableau representing the scene of Jesus Christ s birth, the custom of cr che showcasing began in the year of 1223. St. Francis of Assisi is widely recognized as the catalyst for this tradition, as he is said to have been inspired by the sight of shepherds in the fields of the Italian village Grecio one moonlit night while traveling. He encouraged those in his community to reenact the Nativity, and the tradition spread to France, Germany, and from Europe to other continents.

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