In the spring the Stake President asked me to be in charge of a community nativity exhibit to be held on two days in December at our church building. I said "yes", little realizing what I was getting myself in for!! It was a huge job and took literally hundreds of hours of my time to take care of all the many details.
This was the professionally produced flyer and small postcards that we distributed to the wards to advertise the event.
We dubbed it "Nativity Event Central."
This is the only picture of me that was taken during the 40 hours I was at the church--setting up and staying at the exhibit for the entire time it was open.
It actually snowed (rare for December in Virginia) on the second day the exhibit was open, but the roads were pretty clear. The exhibit was open from 7 to 9pm on Friday and from 2 to 8pm on Saturday.
This view shows how big they were--about four feet high. They were pretty fragile.
I made two wreaths with gold ribbon and added some gold leaves.
This picture doesn't really capture the magnitude of the pile of glitter that was on the floor after I made the wreath!! My clothes were covered with glitter, too.
Fortunately, I'd bought two gold wreaths, too. I put the four gold wreaths on each of the doors into the cultural hall.
This was the Asia and Hawaii section.
Opposite side view of the Asia section.
This was our North America section.
It was by far the fullest section, though technically I think many of them were made in China!
and also this nativity wall quilt I made.
I did one whole table of nativities from Germany, and brought many of my own things to display.
This is a close up of the Asia section. The Samurai nativity in the back was one of my favorites.
The Relief Society room was set up with cookies and water for refreshments.
There was also a children's room with nativity themed activities for the kids
This was the craft the kids could make in the children's room.
I don't have a picture of it, but an idea I saw on pinterest that I did was to make an "I Spy" sheet for people to look for different figures in the nativities. It said "Find a nativity where the stable is an igloo", for example. People really seemed to like that.
I was physically exhausted by the time it was all done. I didn't get as much support as I'd hoped to set up, which is one reason I spent so many hours at the church from Wednesday evening to Saturday evening. That's seems to be the story of my life, expecting people to show up to help and being disappointed because they don't!
I received many compliments on how it all turned out. Fifteen nonmembers that I invited actually came, which is one reason why I stayed there the whole time it was open. I really feel like I received inspiration from the Lord to help me, since I'd never done anything like it before.