Christmas in Berlin celebrates the season of giving

Christmas in Berlin celebrates the season of giving

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It’s that time of year again when you may see camels, shepherds and angels roaming the streets of Berlin, and the village is gearing up to celebrate the greatest gift of mankind, the birth of Jesus.

The Berlin Area Merchants invite everyone to join them Nov. 26 on the day after Thanksgiving to celebrate the start of this Christmas season with a live nativity parade and candle-lighting ceremony. The parade will feature Mary and Joseph, the three wisemen, carolers in horse-drawn wagons, angels, shepherds, and live animals such as camels, sheep, goats, donkeys and horses, all donated by The Farm at Walnut Creek.

This is the 23rd year for Christmas in Berlin.

“It started with a few merchants standing in the street corner singing Christmas carols and has grown in leaps and bounds since then,” said Elsie Sommer, owner of Sommer’s General Store.

Now Berlin sees thousands of visitors every year for this event, and some make it an annual appointment on the calendar, driving many miles and returning year after year. The nativity parade will begin at 5:45 p.m. at the Berlin Village Gift Barn and conclude at the stage at the center of town, where the candle-lighting ceremony is held and the Christmas Story is read by Larry Kaufman. Come watch the parade and sing a few Christmas carols led by John Schmidt.

The merchants will again partner with a few ladies in the community in sponsoring Operation Christmas Child. They will serve hot chocolate, coffee and cookies, all for a donation of which 100% of proceeds go to sponsor shoe boxes that help children all over the world with school supplies, hygiene items and small gift items.

Every year these women travel to Charlotte, North Carolina with a motorcoach full of volunteers to help prepare shoe boxes to be sent overseas. Operation Christmas Child is a division of Samaritan’s Purse, a ministry started in 1970 and headed up by Franklin Graham, son of Rev. Billy Graham.