Living History at Christmas

Living Nativity in West Springfield, MA (2010)

Rev. A. E. Lavalley & wife, Nancy Mitchell LaValley, uncle and aunt

It has become an annual tradition at the West Springfield Covenant Community Church, MA, where my Uncle Al LaValley is pastor, to treat the community to a living nativity. And for many of my family members who participate, they are not only living history, but making their own history. So I present to you several of my cousins from the Mitchell branch of my family tree, who bring you tidings of great joy!

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Luke 2:8-12

Nick Sheehan, son of Lisa LaValley Fonte (2009)

Bob Sheehan (right), son of Lisa LaValley Fonte (2009)

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel,
praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace
to men on whom his favor rests.”  Luke 2:13-14

Kaitlyn Sheehan, daughter of Lisa LaValley Fonte

Rachael Ehle, daughter of Susan Mitchell Ehle

Michelle Collins, daughter of Jeanne Mitchell Bota (2009)

Joy Collins, daughter of Jeanne Mitchell Bota

Hark the heralded angels sing,”Glory to the new-born king. Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled! ~ Charles Wesley—Christmas Hymn

Nelson & Joshua Ehle, sons of Susan Mitchell Ehle

Ned Ehle (right), son of Susan Mitchell Ehle

David Ehle, husband of Susan Mitchell Ehle, & daughter Rachael

Alisha Patterson, daughter of Lynne LaValley Patterson

Sarah Ehle and fiance, Chris Patterson (to marry 6/11)

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Luke 4:10-12

Sarah Ehle & Chris Patterson (nephew by marriage of Lynne LaValley Patterson)

Many others relatives have participated behind the scenes, reenacting, musically, etc.  through the years and I’m sure having done so will bring not only themselves, but the many who have come to watch, valuable Christmas memories.

Photography courtesy of my cousin, Kristen LaValley Walters.

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