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Revisit the Manger at Redeemer

By Staff | Jun 25, 2009

Betty Anderson and Linda Hertzke are shown with a nativity display that will be featured at the Revisit the Manger event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Redeemer Lutheran Church at 1215 N. 15th St. in Estherville. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

Did you miss last Christmas? Or do you love Christmas so much that you would like to celebrate it again?

Then attend the Revisit the Manger event this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church at 1215 N. 15th St. in Estherville.

A total of 125 nativity scenes will be on display in the church fellowship room. There will also be 50 unique and creative gift baskets for sale, with modest prices ranging from $3 to $30.

Or find your favorite Scandinavian goodies in the baked goods room. A booth of jewels will also feature unique necklaces and earrings.

Visitors will also find a table with Christmas items, Christmas tree ornaments, advent calendars, and children’s items.

A drawing will be held for a precious nativity scene. Tickets are $1 each or seven for $5. Tickets will be available Saturday or at the Redeemer Lutheran Church office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.

You’ll also want to take pictures of the living nativity outside the church. A variety of booths will also be lined in the drive on the east side of the church.

So what do you do with the kids while you’re having so much fun?

Send them to the crafts for kids area under the tree outside. There will be plenty of activities for them to do.

Lunch will be available and will include sandwiches, baked beans, and potato salad.

An Iowa wildflower display will also be featured, and visitors can select from the many perennial or silk arrangements for sale.

Organizer Linda Hertzke said the event is being held to offer a Christmas to a lot of snowbirds who may not be around in December and who may miss the annual Scandinavian tea at the church. She also hopes that people who may not be able to get out in the winter will attend. And it’s also something nice to have something to fill up time in the summer, she said.

“This is our first year,” Hertzke said. “I hope it goes well enough that we can make it an annual event.”