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December 6, 2021 Digital Media Exclusive

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Kaylyn McDonald portrays an angel at a drive-through Nativity scene at Nixon United Methodist Church on Sunday night.

Twinkling lights lined the path leading vehicles through a live Nativity scene Sunday night at the Nixon United Methodist Church.

“I thought it was pretty awesome,” said Michelle Dongiovanni, who drove a van full of people from the Wesley Family Services in Sarver. The whole van cheered in agreement. “Makes you feel good inside.”

A group of mostly youth volunteers braved the cold and breezy night to portray the holy figures of the Christian Nativity scene. Some were Boy Scouts who use the church for their meetings while others are the church's own youth group members.

The snippets of the story showed people dressed in costume as Mary and Joseph, kings and Jesus. At the manger scene, the actors stood alongside live animals.

“(My daughter) likes the animals,” said Janet Hlebiczki of Valencia.

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Nathan Bottiger

Nathan Bottiger

Nathan Bottiger graduated with a degree in journalism in 2015 from Pitt-Johnstown. Previously working as a business reporter for the paper, he took over the crime beat at the Butler Eagle in 2021.