Living Nativity

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For Sandy Peterson and her three children of Grand Island, the Living Nativity held recently at Fonner Park has become a family tradition.

She says it really helps convey the story of Christmas and her children look forward to it.

It was the 17th year for the event, which is sponsored by Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Island.

The event normally attracts more than 300 people each year.

The story of the birth of Jesus Christ, based on the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, is told with actors portraying the different characters of the Nativity scene.

The scene also includes three sheep and a horse, which children are allowed to pet.

Combining animals and an unrehearsed presentation can make for an unpredictable situation.

Reverend Onamae Waddel says you can never trust sheep.