Circlefest 2013: Botanical Garden Gingerbread Contest

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Santa Claus and St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church

Along with the Model Train Display at Black River Landing, there is the International Tree Display. St. Nicholas Church has a Christmas Eve Holy Supper display, along with informative write-ups about the Nativity, the Church’s upcoming centennial anniversary, and a piece detailing how Santa Claus originated from St. Nicholas.

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The Model Train Display

The Model Train Display and International Holiday Trees at the Black River Transportation Center, Black River Landing, will be open Fridays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. through Dec. 22

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I can see why grown men can be so fascinated with model trains. The different cars and bridges and structures that you can buy to make a display realistic are myriad. I was mesmerized and obsessed with just trying to get that next great shot.

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Church of the Covenant – Cleveland

Every year during Circlefest, Church of the Covenant opens it’s doors and invites the public in for worship, an Advent Workshop, the Cache Resale Shop is open,  and the Carillon Tower Tour and Demonstration. In the afternoon, there is a Carol Sing, with the Windsong Chorus and the CWRU Orchestra and Concert Choir.

Some photog friends made a visit to the Church earlier this year, and I wasn’t able to attend. Kristen and I added it to our ‘must visit’ list this year, and we were VERY thankful we did.

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To say we were mesmerized when we walked in would be an understatement.

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Merry Christmas

The Birth of Jesus
Luke 2:15-20

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

2 ([And] this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.