Display to focus on religious meaning of Christmas

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The Place plans illuminated Nativity at gateway to Evergreen

By Sandy Barnes

 A large illuminated Nativity scene is being installed on the roof of The Place in time for downtown Evergreen’s Holiday Walk on Dec. 7.

Brett Edwards, owner of The Place at Meadow Drive and Highway 74, said he decided to bring the display to Evergreen to focus on the religious nature of the holiday.

“We can put Christ back in Christmas,” Edwards said. “Jesus is the center of it.”

A narrative of the Christmas story will be played as portions of the display are lighted, including the Star of Bethlehem. Each section of the display, which is 70 feet in length and 25 feet high, is on a separate circuit, Edwards explained.

“On the hour, the Christmas story will be told,” he said.

During the Holiday Walk, people coming to see the display will be served cider and hot chocolate. 

While planning the display, Edwards said, he wanted to present one that would have significance. 

Because The Place is a for-profit enterprise, Edwards said that having a religious display is permissible.

“So many displays have to be politically correct,” he said.

Because of the location of The Place at the eastern gateway to Evergreen, people can stop and look at the display.

Local nonprofit organizations may set up booths and offer goods for sale to raise funds during the Holiday Walk, Edwards said. Local churches also are seeing the display as an opportunity, he added.

“Everybody’s excited and wanting to participate,” Edwards said. “All local businesses seem to be enthusiastic.”

Since The Place opened two years ago, it has become a center for the community, Edwards said. 

“The Place is here to serve the community,” he said. 

In addition to operating The Place, Edwards is involved in an international effort to provide clean water to people in impoverished countries. 

With potable water, the health of people improves and businesses thrive, Edwards said.

“All you have to do is the remove the impediment to working,” he said.


Contact Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com or call 303-350-1042.