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The youngest members of the New Richmond First Baptist Church congregation braved cold temperatures to present a Live Nativity program Dec. 16.

"This is the first year we've done this with our Pioneer group," said Marian Duffney, organizer for the five-hour event that started at 2 p.m. "We just decided that there are a lot of things out there for Santa Claus and not much for baby Jesus."

Kids dressed up in various costumes, from the Wise Men to angels to Mary and Joseph. They took their places in the make-shift manger scene on the front lawn of the church.

Some live animals were added to the presentation, including a donkey, goats and a cow.

Hay rides were offered to those who could brave the low temperatures.

Inside the church, attendees could warm up with some apple cider and other treats.

There was a craft table, where youngsters could create a Christmas decoration. Puppet shows were presented every half hour.

Those who attended were also invited to create a personal greeting card, which will be sent to the soldiers of Company B, 1-128th Infantry who are station in Iraq through January 2010. The messages and drawings will were dropped in the mail the next day.

"There's a lot of stuff going on for the kids," Duffney said.