For the past 18 years, First Congregational Church of Hudson has proudly hosted a Live Nativity on the first Sunday of December. This year, that tradition will continue, but with some changes to ensure all participants are safe amidst the global pandemic. The community is invited to view the Live Nativity on Sunday, December 6, noon – 4 p.m. in the church’s front lawn at 47 Aurora Street in Hudson. With a realistic looking manager, live animals including a camel, and volunteers dressed as Mary, Joseph, the wisemen and even baby Jesus, the Live Nativity brings the real Christmas story to life in the heart of downtown Hudson. “With all of the changes and disappointments in 2020, the Live Nativity will provide a little normalcy and a lot of joy to both the visitors and the participants. It is something that our congregation and the people of Hudson look forward to every year. We have reworked our entire set up to ensure social distancing for everyone” says Dee Buchanan, Director of Children’s Ministries, and the creator and organizer of the event. To ensure physical distancing and the safety of all involved, the following procedures have been put into place this year: • The location of the Live Nativity has been moved to the front lawn of First Congregational Church at 47 Aurora St (just up from the Clock Tower). This is different from years past, as it is usually held on the town green by the clocktower. • Visitors can park in the First Congregational Church parking lot behind the church and follow the one-way signs toward the front of the church and the Nativity. • Along the sidewalk we will have fun and informational signs, all six feet apart. Groups will proceed along the sidewalk from sign to sign. • All visitors are required to wear a mask. • We have limited the number of characters participating in the Live Nativity this year and all of the groups are family groups. • The whole of the Live Nativity, including the live animals, will be socially distanced from visitors. • Visitors are asked to socially distance themselves from other family groups by moving toward the Live Nativity one socially-distanced sign at time. • For those who would like to stay in their car, the City of Hudson has graciously blocked parking across the street from the church that day to facilitate a drive-by along Aurora Street. With all of the need that there is in the world today, First Congregational Church of Hudson is asking individuals to consider bringing donations of baby items including diaper wipes, Clorox wipes, Gerber Good Start Formula, Chocolate or Vanilla PediaSure, Diapers size 5 or 6, sippy cups, children’s table utensils, etc. All items collected will be donated to Providence House in Cleveland, a crisis nursery. “Even though the Live Nativity will look a bit different this year, it will still be a magical start to the Christmas season,” says Buchanan, “While we would love to see you at the Live Nativity, we warmly welcome you to all our special Christmas offerings throughout the month of December!” For a list of all of First Congregational Church of Hudson’s Christmas season offerings, including details about their seven Christmas Eve services – with both online and outdoor options – please visit www.hudsonucc.org.