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So this is Christmas!

December 3, 2013

One village's living nativity The dancing beams of villagers' torches pick out the familiar silhouettes of Mary and Joseph passing under a bridge, Mary on a donkey. With them are a host of angels and shepherds and all are making their way through the village of Talybont-on-Usk re-enacting the nativity story.
"The living nativity recreates the feeling of hope in a society that has too often lost sight of the real Christmas"
Joseph approaches the first house, and then a second enquiring, "Do YOU have a spare room for the night?" In each case it's a case of “Sorry, no room!” until the innkeeper at ‘The Star’ points them towards a stable available at the far end of the village. Moving onwards towards the “stable” (in reality Talybont's village hall!) more people will join in and begin to sing ‘Little Donkey’ as they wind their way along the street. Simplicity The simplicity of this village nativity is embraced annually by Talybont villagers as they set aside the frenzy of Christmas preparations and put the season into its Gospel context. Each year a flyer is delivered to everyone in the village to let them know that a ‘Living Nativity’ is to be created as part of the Christmas celebrations, and they are invited to join in, with children encouraged to dress as angels or shepherds. "We know that for some villagers this is the best part of Christmas," says Talybont vicar, the Revd Andrew Robinson. "Certainly the living nativity recreates the feeling of hope in a society that has too often lost sight of the real Christmas."

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