Enjoy a live Nativity presentation with family before Christmas

by Wes Mayer

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Tonight is the final night for the live Nativity presentation organized annually by the Coweta Organization for Riding Rehabilitation and Learning — CORRAL — in the north Coweta community of Roscoe.

The show is free for everyone and features live animals and CORRAL volunteers portraying the Biblical characters in the Nativity of Christ. The show takes place inside CORRAL’s historic Sewell barn at 52 Oliver Potts Road. It begins at 7 p.m., lasts for about 30 minutes, and afterwards children and families are allowed to get up close and pet the animals.

“It’s great for Christmas card photos for the whole family,” said Marie Powell of CORRAL. “It just warms my heart a little bit.”

The live Nativity program has been an annual event for more than 30 years, Powell said, and it gradually evolved when CORRAL began. The show lasts for three nights every year.

The Nativity is narrated from a recording and includes many classic Christmas songs. As the story is told, the volunteers silently act out the scenes — from Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem to the wise men presenting baby Jesus with gold, frankincense and myrrh. To add more to the Nativity, the CORRAL volunteers act out the scenes with three horses, two sheep and a donkey, and every person and animal is dressed for the part in plain robes or colorful outfits.

“It’s bright and pretty, short and sweet,” said Powell. “It’s also cold being in the barn, but I think that makes it even more surreal.”

CORRAL was created in 1987 and provides therapy to the mentally and physically handicapped through horseback riding classes. According to CORRAL’s website, riding horseback helps develop self-awareness, builds self-confidence and self-discipline, improves concentration, posture, balance and coordination, increases joint mobility and strengthens and relaxes muscles.

According to its site, CORRAL also accepts yearly sponsorship for its horses, with $1,200 per horse — interested sponsors may call 770-254-0840 to set up a time to visit the barn and choose their horse.



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