For more than a decade, Greenbrier Road Baptist Church in Anniston has been putting on a live nativity for Christmas. Visitors take a hayride and visit different scenes from the Biblical story of Christ’s birth. There are guardsmen and gatekeepers, townspeople and a choir of musicians. Mary and Joseph can be seen walking with a donkey. Visitors can also stop at a woodworking shop and a petting zoo.

Anniston Star photographer Stephen Gross recently visited on rehearsal night for a behind-the-scenes look.

The nativity will be held tonight, Saturday and Sunday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tours take about 20-30 minutes. The church is at 1235 Greenbrier Dear Road in Anniston.

The live nativity was originally scheduled for last weekend but was snowed out. The snow knocked down a couple of awnings, but “everything else is perfect,” said organizer Kelly Harrison.

The snow was too much for some of the animals; the chickens and the lamb had to go back home. But this weekend there should be a goat and a possum in attendance, Harrison said.

Wait, did she say “possum?”

Yes, somebody is bringing a possum. “There are some characters in our church,” Harris said with a chuckle.

— Lisa Davis

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