It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday hustle when you’re so busy buying gifts, baking, decorating, and, of course, arranging a meeting time with Santa Claus.
Immanuel Lutheran Church and School reminds folks to slow down and take in the true meaning of the season Friday, Dec. 14 during their annual Christmas Walk program.
The free event is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and begins with a kids’ Christmas program titled “A Shepherd’s Story.” After, families file out to nine classrooms where they’ll enjoy a different holiday tale brought to life, including “Little Lamb’s Christmas,” “I See a Star,” and “Who is Coming to Our House?”
The evening was organized by Immanuel Lutheran School's first and second grade classes, teachers Shannon Meyer, Mandi Hohenstadt, Liz O’Meara, and Katie Pettibone, and children from Immanuel’s weekend Living Stones program.
Students will dress in character and enact the stories. There will even be a few live sheep and goats to add to the fun.
In addition, the fifth- and sixth-grade students are serving as greeters and singing Christmas carols as people walk in. High schoolers dressed as shepherds will work as ushers, helping families make it to the different story rooms.
“The students get to have fun, use their talents and share the love of Christ through Christmas with their families and our community,” said Pastor Greg Griffith.
After, families are invited to enjoy free cookies and cocoa.
This is the 10th year for the event, which serves as a reminder to the community of the true meaning of the holiday.
“We hope participants leave with a great spirit of joy as they head into the final week before Christmas,” Griffith said.