On a family farm in Bertrand, memories of the first Christmas night are alive and resounding.
For 18 years, Tim and Leann Hock lead the way with a live nativity on their farm. "We really enjoy when the families bail out and all the kids come."
The nativity's been a family tradition for the Hocks; however, with their youngest daughter graduating this spring, this christmas is your last chance to spend time away in the manger at the Hocks.
"It will be sad to see it go," they said. "Some families make a tradition and they come out every year. We hate to let them down but our time has come."
The display started out with a strand of 25 lights and now includes the entire farm, but Tim and Lleann will always remember the reason for the season.
"We don't have Santa Claus, there are no reindeer on the roof or snowmen. It's all lights and
things related just to Christmas."
And like the star that led the wisemen, just follow the lights to the Hock farm. "We're a little out of town, but if they can find Bertrand, they can find us because you can see our place glowing on the horizon."
Whether loading up that mini-van or coming by donkey like Mary and Joseph, it's a way to feel like you're at the first Christmas. "They get to experience it a little bit more being able to smell it, see it, and hear it."
It might be the nativity's last year, but they've provided some holy nights to remember.
The nativity will be up from December 19th through the 28, 2008 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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