If you’re seeking an outing to experience the true meaning of Christmas, take a trip to Peace Lutheran Church in Canton Township. Although many churches set up nativity scenes to honor the birth of Jesus, no one has been doing it longer than Peace Lutheran, at 3828 Cleveland Avenue SW. It’s believed to be the 53rd straight year the church will present the manger display with live animals, usually including a donkey. Baby Jesus, Joseph, Mary, shepherds and at least one angel all will be depicted—the scene is open from 7 to 9 p.m. December 21, 22 and 23. The church always has plenty of cookies and refreshments, including warm beverages to combat the cold. Best of all, the display is situated so that you can drive-through the scene, take in the sights and sounds and never have to leave your car. There also is parking available for those who wish to linger or get an up close view.

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Tim Botos

Tim Botos is a graduate of the University of Akron with a bachelor’s degree in mass media/communication. He has worked as a staff writer at The Repository since 1999. He has won 33 first- or second-place writing awards, and one of his stories appeared in Reader’s Digest. He is married with two daughters, ages 10 and 12. Outside work, he runs a 12 and under girls travel softball team. He also serves as athletic director and pastoral designee for Catholic Youth Organization athletics at St. Paul School in Akron.

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