- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Young members of a northern Iowa church acted out the Nativity scene in a barn, with real animals for co-stars.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1vhivx5 ) nearly a dozen people gathered Sunday to watch the re-enactment of the birth of Jesus Christ. They also sang hymns and enjoyed cookies and hot cider.

“It’s a unique way of reminding us of the real meaning of the Christmas season,” said Pastor Scot McCluskey of Galilean Lutheran Church. “We all live in beautiful warm homes and Jesus was born in a stable.”

It marked the third time the church has held the event in Larry Hoffman’s Clear Lake barn. The actors were joined by animals, including a donkey, pony, goat, rooster and goose.

“I think it’s really fun,” said 15-year-old Emma Whelan, who was playing an angel for the third year.

It was church secretary Sonja Backer’s first time at the event.

“So far it’s OK,” she said before the program started.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/

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