The 2012 Granite Bay Nativity Exhibit will take place from noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 6-8 at 6460 Cavitt-Stallman Road.
Whether called the French crèche, the Italian presipio or the Spanish nacimiento, the depiction of the nativity scene is one of the oldest and most beloved Christmas traditions. A nativity is a three-dimensional artistic representation of the birth of Jesus.
St. Francis of Assisi is credited with popularizing the nativity tradition. In 1223, St. Francis was traveling in Italy when the sight of shepherds in moonlit fields evoked images of the first Christmas. Inspired by the scene, he beckoned villagers that Christmas Eve to bring their animals and re-enact the Nativity.
During succeeding centuries, the tradition spread from Italy to France and Germany, and then from Europe to other continents.
The local Nativity exhibit is hosted by Granite Bay 2nd Ward and the Rocklin CA Stake, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For more information call 791-3213 or follow the event on Facebook.
Thursday, Dec. 6
4:15 p.m. – Olympus Junior High Choir
5 p.m. – Oakmont High School Choir
6 p.m. – Granite Bay High School Choir
7 p.m. – Bell Choir, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
Friday, Dec. 7
7:30 p.m. – The Choir of The First United Methodist Church of Loomis
Saturday, Dec. 8
1 p.m. – Ridgeview Elementary Choir
2 p.m. – Excelsior Elementary Choir
3 p.m. – Voices of Faith and the Chancel Choir, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
4 p.m. – Cherie Shoemaker in concert
6 p.m. – Rocklin Stake Youth Choir
8 p.m. – RiverBells Hand Bell Choir