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Nativity display at Oklahoma City church is expansive

With more than 600 Nativity scenes, the “Glory to the Newborn King” collection is on display today for free public viewing at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in northwest Oklahoma City.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD zcampfield@opubco.com Modified: December 15, 2012 at 9:21 pm •  Published: December 16, 2012
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It's subtle, but behind the Nativity scenes that fill six rooms of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in northwest Oklahoma City hides a challenge: Find a medium, a style or even a cultural interpretation of the manger scene that isn't already on display.

The catch? Bragging rights will not be bestowed unless you bring it in next year and donate it to the collection.

The “Glory to the Newborn King” collection contains more than 600 pieces.

“We wanted to do something that would demonstrate our belief in the Savior,” explained Paul Baclawski, a senior church leader. “We do a lot of stuff as a church and this is a way to reach out to other faiths and have them enjoy the season with us.”

Wide variety

Most of the scenes on display are traditional dioramas, but even those are varied. In some, the manger is as weightless as a computer chip, tucked inside a tiny water globe or Christmas ornament.

Others are quite expansive, both in set size and in scope, including one that features five different buildings and dozens of nameless residents who must have lived and worked in Bethlehem.

Most are traditional, but some are not, such as a Lego scene, created by a 9-year-old member of the congregation, or the adjacent “Peanuts”-themed scene, featuring Woodstock wrapped in swaddling clothes and Snoopy as a lamb witness.

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‘Glory to the Newborn King'

“Glory to the Newborn King” wraps up Sunday, with scenes on display from 1 to 9 p.m. and a choral performance set for 7 p.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is at 5020 NW 63. For more information, go to www.Nativityokc.com.

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