Church nativity has real babies playing baby Jesus

You'll often see live animals and even people playing Joseph and Mary at live nativity scenes around town.  

The congregation at Loveland United Methodist Church wanted to make sure its living Nativity was even more authentic. To do this, they decided to have a real baby playing the infant Jesus.

"Clara here is 2.5 months old, so we saw the sign-ups and we came to church and decided it would be a fun part of our holiday tradition," said Clara's mother Corrie Graham.

Over 100 actors set the scene transporting visitors back to Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The experience begins with towns people based on characters from the Bible greeting visitors at the entrance of the church.

"They are given their own personal tour guide, Luke, the writer of the Gospel. He takes them through the 21 stations. It's a guided walking tour. It takes about 30 to 35 minutes. Included with that is a visit with the live animals," said Pat Blankenship

The living nativity drama is free and open to the public.

It's December 1 and December 2 at 10975 South Lebanon Road from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Stepping back in time with Christmas Tour at Glendower Mansion

If you can't make it to the Navitity, you can also take a step back in time with a tour of the historic Glendower Mansion in Lebanon.

Interior designers have transformed the mansion's rooms into a Victorian Christmas.

"They liked to use a lot of floral and beads. That's what I tried to stick with. It's kind of my spin on elegant Dickens," said Jo Wise, owner of The Pink Hippo shop.

Characters will greet visitors at the entrance with stories of how the 19th century owners celebrated Christmas.

"Once you walk in you feel like you're in the middle of a festival probably Christmas Eve of those time because usually they didn't decorate until Christmas Eve unlike today, but you can lose yourself and be wrapped up in the Christmas spirit," said John Zimkus of the Warren County Historical Society.

Christmas at Glendower will open to the public December 3.

It runs through December 29 at 105 Cincinnati Avenue in Lebanon.

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