First there was drive-thru fast-food. Then drive-thru banking. Drive-thru Starbucks (a rare find in my area but there are a couple). And now… I give you…The Drive-Thru Nativity! Yes, it’s true, Saturday night, our family went to our first drive-thru nativity.
We’d been looking for something unique to do as a family to enjoy the Christmas season, so were pretty excited to find out about this free event. Sponsored by the First Baptist Church in Tolland, the Drive-Thru Nativity had us start at Caesar’s Palace, where church volunteers gave us hot cocoa and home-baked chocolate chip cookies while we waited – I said drive-thru, but I didn’t say FAST! – the line for the 30 minute show was quite long, since only 6-7 cars can go through at a time. I think we waited nearly an hour for our turn! Fortunately the babe in the backseat was a cherub!
Our turn finally arrived, and we pulled down the street and lined up in front of “stage 1.” After turning off our car lights, the spotlights blazed, and we were treated to a cute song performed by puppets, and then a lip-synced rendition of “Breath of Heaven” (one of my favorite songs!) by a costumed Mary and Joseph.
Then we were directed to drive to “stage 2” where the scenes of Bethlehem played out complete with live donkeys! We held the baby in the front seat so he could watch, and he was fascinated (when he wasn’t pounding the dashboard, trying to poke his fingers up my nose, or lunging for the steering wheel!). Finally, “stage 3” and the birth of Jesus, accompanied by “Mary Did You Know?” and a grand finale of angels singing!
Although an amateur show, I thought it was well-orchestrated, with cute costumes, and fair acting. Definitely an enjoyable Saturday night with my family. As our children grow, I know they will look forward to this annual event (I hope it will continue to be available each year!). I must say kudos to this church for providing a free event to the community that truly celebrates the birth of Christ – it was a blessing to us, and I’m sure many others. I felt bad for the actors though as it was freezing out!!
Here’s a photo (not the best quality as it was at night on our Flip Camera, so you can’t see how cool this show really was!):
What unique holiday events do you attend as a family?