In Ashley Archibald‚Äôs Jan. 3, 2013¬†SMDP¬†nativity scene¬†cover story (“Nativity scenes case appealed”) there needs to be one correction. She closes her excellent article with this statement:
“Other plans to resurrect the tradition in a new form in Palisades Park¬†fizzled when the concept of ‚Äòlive‚Äô nativity scenes hosted by the¬†churches never successfully got off the ground.”
Actually Models For Christ in conjunction with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) did put on a live nativity in Palisades Park from Dec. 3 to Dec. 7. There was a live depiction with Mary, Joseph, a real baby, three Wise Men and two Angels. In addition there were carolers singing and a staff serving hot chocolate and coffee. Serene Branson of CBS and KCAL 9 covered it as well as several newspapers and Fabian from¬†SantaMonicaCloseup.com. Jay Leno even mentioned it in his monologue one of the nights.
The highlight of the “live” nativity occurred on the Friday when a man who had planned to commit suicide that very night, walked by the event and ended up talking to a person from Youth With A Mission. After a long¬†conversation the man changed his mind and a life was spared because the live nativity was in Palisades Park that night.