Living Nativity Brings Joy to Searcy

By N. Horton

Many of us enjoyed the wonderful “Living Nativity” display in Searcy this year. The whole family can enjoy this tour through Searcy’s own Bethlehem with a complimentary cup of hot cocoa.  This special, real-life look into the birth of Christ has become a Searcy tradition and a statewide attraction.  Not only does the nativity bring many visitors to our wonderful city, but it focuses on what is most important—touching souls with the real message of Christmas.  The real message of Christmas is that God came into our sinful situation and saved us.  Because of this selfless presentation of Christ’s birth, many will hear this good news!

I have enjoyed the nativity display for several years and offer my sincerest thanks to the people of First Assembly for their hard work.  Amidst the seasonal news of the “Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays” wars, the battles over nativity scenes on public property, and the general watering down of Christmas by the secular culture, it is so refreshing to see a controversy-free, Christ-centered display in our hometown.  The Living Nativity highlights the values that make our community so special and I hope to see this tradition continue for many years to come!  Merry Christmas!


Nicholas Horton is the Editor of The Arkansas Patriot and a candidate for Searcy City Council in Ward 1.  Contact Nicholas at


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