‘Life-size Nativity’ to be part of city’s holidays

A “life-size Nativity” scene will be erected Nov. 30 at the corner of South Main and Hampton streets in Darlington as part of the city’s holiday celebrations.

Gail Milling, wife of City Council member John Milling, is spearheading the project.

“As the year 2018 came to an end, I thought how beautiful downtown Darlington had looked, dressed in her Christmas decorations, but something was missing,” she said.

“As the Holy Spirit nudged me, I recognized we, as a community, didn’t have a Holy Nativity scene,” she said. “Individual churches did have them, but not one community Nativity scene.”

“Through much prayer, with the help of many people in the community, this will be solved Christmas 2019,” she said. “Many people have devoted time, effort and donations to make this happen.”

“This beautiful life-size Nativity is meant to be a community Nativity, enjoyed by all, not belonging to any one group or church, but to the entire Darlington community. … As this particular life-size Nativity was ordered, we looked for one that would be historically correct, but found this was the only life-size one to be found. This company only made one style and color of clothes and figurines.”

There will be a celebration at the unveiling Thanksgiving weekend, at 6 p.m. Nov. 30 in the lot in front of Darlington Family Pharmacy. The public is invited.

Author: Rachel Howell

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