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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 Modified: December 15, 2012 at 9:21 pm •  Published: December 16, 2012

Carin Christensen, Nativity director, said variances between the pieces are indicative of the multitude of interpretations of the story.

“It just kind of shows you the way we think isn't always the same way everybody else thinks,” she said.

An international room features sets from as far as Japan and Africa, including an Eskimo-themed porcelain scene from Alaska and a tiny scene constructed inside a Nicaraguan clay pot.

A room of handmade scenes includes Nativities inside candle blocks, stuffed dolls or figurines built of upside-down terra cotta pots.

Baclawski said the Nativity display started small nearly a decade ago but has been operating full force for three years in a row.

Church members and volunteers bring their sets in for the display, and while browsers peruse the different rooms other members of the church entertain with traditional Christmas songs.

“There's quite frankly a spirit that comes with this that you don't get any other time of year,” he said. “You won't see any commercialization, you won't see Santa Claus. This gives us the opportunity to focus on the real meaning of Christmas and the Christmas spirit.”


‘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

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