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I have had the privilege of participating in the most uplifting holiday experience at Serenity Farm in Benedict. We all get busy in the hustle and bustle of Christmas, trying to fit shopping and decorating and socializing (not to mention working) into our 24-hour days.

It’s so easy to forget what this holiday is all about. In our attempts to be politically correct and open to all people and all religions, we limit our holiday greetings to “Happy holidays” or the most dreaded written greeting “Merry Xmas.” What’s the saying, let’s put Christ back in Christmas? The family at Serenity Farm is doing just that, and I encourage you to take an hour out of your weekend to join in the celebration this weekend at the farm for a live re-creation of the birth of Jesus. It’s not your average live Nativity. This one is in an old tobacco barn using the rescued animals on the farm.

You will join others at the Harvest House near the entrance to the property. There are free refreshments hot apple cider and cookies you can enjoy until you’re led down the torch-lit pathway to the decorated barn, where the performance takes place. You’ll settle in on bales of straw and spend the next 20 minutes forgetting your to- do list and enjoying the beautiful mood and true serenity of the show.

Dorey the Donkey and Solomon the Llama will be there and, of course, the sheep. There’s no reason to hush your children if they get excited. Serenity’s family is child-friendly. In fact, bring your own singing voice, bad or good, for singing “Silent Night.”

After the show you can visit with the cast and the true stars of the show, the animals. These are all rescued animals and would not have the lives they live if they weren’t there. Donations that help with their care are accepted after the show if you feel so moved, but there’s no pressure.

Last weekend after the performance one of the sheep on the farm gave birth, so we were greeted by a day-old lamb at Saturday’s performance. I urge you to come this weekend at 6:30 Friday night, and 6:30 or 7:30 Saturday night. Take a break. Slow down. Turn off that doggone cell phone. In fact, leave it in the car so nobody will know where you are.

Come be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas.

Kathy Penney, St. Leonard