On Saturday, Nov. 26, a very special event is scheduled to take place at Big Leatherwood Old Regular Baptist Church and the Sonny Miniard Farm. The event, known as “Christmas on Leatherwood”, occurred annually for a while, but has not taken place over the course of the last few years. This year, it’s back, and it promises to be better than ever.
Beginning at 3 p. m., there will be a reenactment of the time when Mary, Joseph, shepherds and Wise Men traveled to the barn on that first Christmas night. During this time, a narrator will tell the Christmas story via reading of the scripture from the Holy Bible, and in conjunction with the verses being read, special carols will be sung.
When the reenactment has been finished, those in attendance can climb on wagons and take rides to the barn, where they can view a live nativity scene. Carols can be sung on the hayride. Carols will be heard from the loft of the barn.
After viewing the live nativity scene, folks can ride back across the farm and have some free coffee, hot chocolate, hot dogs and other snacks.
A cabin on the farm will be decorated in oldfashioned Christmas style. Older folks who can’t tolerate the cold weather well might want to go there and sit by the fire for a spell.
There’s even word that the Leatherwood Fire Department might be inviting Santa to attend and distribute some gifts to the kids in attendance.
Everyone is invited to attend, and all are encouraged to dress warmly and comfortably. Some will be dressed in old-fashioned clothes (e.g. overalls), and you can dress in this manner, too, if you wish, however, this is optional.
This is a special, familyfriendly event that no one should miss. Attendance at this event is a good way to start the Christmas season out with a reminder of the real reason we celebrate Christmas each year — as a celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To attend, go to Cornettsville and follow the signs.