The title of the event is "The Birth in Bethlehem," and, said Audrey Bryan, director of Family Life Ministries at Kingswood, visitors driving through can see the city of Bethlehem and witness the activities that made up the daily lives of the people: they'll be making bread, there'll be carpentry projects and sewing work, the countryside will abound with shepherds and their flocks. "As people drive through, they will encounter the Wise Men making their way to find the baby," Bryan said.
The pageant incorporates story boards that lead drivers up Perin Road toward the City of Bethlehem. The boards spell out the prophesy of Isaiah and tell the Christmas story based on the gospel of Luke. Guests will end their journey at the manger scene in the horseshoe driveway in front of the church; that scene, with Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus, is the focal point of the whole event.
Some 300-400 automobiles pass through this living nativity each year, many visitors returning Christmas after Christmas. Caring neighbors along the street postpone travel or any activity or noise that would distract visitors or detract from the holiness of the event. For more details, call 661-0420.
There are still several parades, tree lightings and Santa visits on the schedule leading up to Christmas.
Semmes Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 13 at 10 a.m. The parade will begin at Wulff Road. The 46th Annual Saraland Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Saraland Civic Forum, is Saturday, December 13 at noon. The theme is "An Old-Fashioned Christmas." And the Chickasaw Christmas Parade is at 3 p.m. December 13, starting at Chickasaw School. Call 452-6466 for details.
Saraland Christmas Tree Lighting will be Saturday, December 13, 6:30 p.m. at the Civic Center on Mae Street. For information, call 675-4444. Tanner Williams Civic & Historical Society will present the Tanner Williams Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Monday, December 8, 6:30 p.m. at the Historic School Building. The celehration will include a chili supper; donations to offset expenses would be appreciated. For more information, call 251-645-1196 or 251-649-5166.
Satsuma's Breakfast with Santa is Saturday, December 13, 9 a.m. at Satsuma Community Center. Proceeds from this event will benefit Ronald McDonald House. For information, call Diane Alford, 463-4734. Santa will also make an appearance at Honor Park on Wulff Road during the Semmes Christmas Homes Tour, Saturday, December 13, 3-7 p.m. Look for him around the new pavilion.
The 2014 Semmes Christmas Tour of Homes and Tasting Tour, sponsored by Semmes Woman's Club, is Saturday, December 13. Hours are 3-7 p.m. for the Homes Tour and 3-5 p.m. for the Tasting Tour. Beginning site is Semmes Community Center, 10141 Moffett Road. For information, call 645-9176.
South Mobile County Tourism Authority is hosting "Bells in the Bayou" 4-mile race and 2-mile run on Saturday, December 20, 8 a.m.-noon. Race headquarters will be at St. Margaret Catholic Church, 13790 South Wintzell Avenue in Bayou La Batre. Call 861-8747 for information.
The Chickasaw Front Door Christmas Contest winners will be selected on December 10. Residents in the North, West, South and East Chickasaw Village have decorated their front doors, and each neighborhood winner will be awarded a first-place recognition sign. The doors are lighted and families are encouraged to drive by and enjoy the holiday scenes.
Chickasaw's "Coffee with a Cop" is Wednesday December 10, 6-8 a. m. at What-a-Burger. Citizens will join officers for coffee and conversations; there will be no agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers in the community.
The Chickasaw Recreation Department is planning a Christmas Day Camp so that children can have a fun place to go during the winter break. The camp is for ages 4-12 and is from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Chickasaw Auditorium. For details and required pre-registration, call Kathy Couey at 452-6462 or 452-6467.
The next meeting of Bayside Book Club is December 18, 6 p.m. at Parkway Branch Library. Call Betty Fowler, 476-2600 for more information.
Saturday, December 13, is "Jingle Rock in the Boon Docks" at Coastal Response Center, 7385 Highway 188, Coden. The event features 8 hours of live music, including Blue Grass, Classic Rock, Oldies, Gospel and Country. Other activities include raffles, arts and crafts and a snack bar. Attendees are encouraged to arrive with a canned food item to donate to the Food Pantry. For additional details, call Lori Bosarge, 824-1135 or Pat Creel, 422-7592.