Debbie Clemente enjoys the holiday season because it’s a time for community to come together.
This year, the Corrales Historical Society is able to bring its “Festival of the Nativities” back for an in-person event.
“Last year, we held the event virtually,” says Clemente, CHS spokeswoman. “We’re excited to welcome a crowd back to see all the diverse nativity scenes.”
Nativities vary the world over, reflecting the traditions, culture, interpretations and style of the people building the scenes. They can be reverent or light-hearted, representational or abstracted, amusing or serious. All reflect a local cultural view from a particular place or time.
According to Clemente, there will be over 100 special nativities, also called crèches, from around the world.
“There are so many types of nativities that are lent to us for the show,” she says. “It’s not odd to see a Peanuts nativity next to one made from clay. The fun part about this event is seeing how many different types there are.”
Clemente says there will be holiday music and light refreshments as eventgoers browse the one-of-a-kind treasures.
“From the tiniest crèche to the biggest, all will be beautifully displayed in the Old Church, festively decorated with greens, trees, colorful packages and poinsettias to brighten your visit,” Clemente says.
The CHS is proud to have the event be part of New Mexicans’ holiday traditions.
“We are so pleased to once again welcome our friends, neighbors and visitors to view these unique nativities from around the world, in our beautiful, historic Old Church … a gift to the community from the historical society,” says Nan Kimball, CHS president.
The event is free but donations are welcome.
All proceeds go to preservation and maintenance of the Old Church.
Clemente says the poinsettias decorating the Old Church will be shared with homebound Sandoval County neighbors after the event to brighten the holiday season.
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Giving back. Celebrities may be beloved by people around the world, but it’s not a one-sided relationship. Stars such as Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban adore their fans right back, going out of their way to make sure their supporters know that they are appreciated through acts of kindness.
For some, like Drake and Katy Perry, that means getting in some serious face time with their admirers, while others help out in more creative ways: J.K. Rowling lent her signature for an uber-personal tattoo, while Thor’s Chris Hemsworth gave a traveling fan a lift to his destination.
In 2021, single mom Angelia Cantrell set up a GoFundMe page, asking for assistance to keep her home after she lost her husband to COVID-19. As she continued her pleas, Kim Kardashian quietly donated $3,000 to the cause.
“When I saw the donation, I literally fell to the floor in tears. I shared my GoFundMe link with several celebrities, including Supernatural TV stars Alaina Huffman and Lisa Berry who donated as well, just simply asking them to share,” Cantrell told Entertainment Tonight at the time. “I never dreamed that celebrities would take notice of our story, let alone donate. … Words cannot describe how blessed and thankful we are. This, by far, has been one of the biggest miracles God has given.”
Cantrell further discussed the Skims mogul’s generosity: “During this difficult time in my life, I prayed daily and continuously kept my faith throughout. When I received the donation, I had hours left to gather the money and pay my landlord to avoid eviction. Words cannot describe how blessed and thankful we are. This, by far, has been one of the biggest miracles God has given.”
Less than a year earlier, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians alum announced via social media that she wanted to “spread the love” by sending 1,000 fans $500 in December 2021. She wanted to help those who were “struggling, worried about how they’re going pay rent” or “put food on the table” amid the holiday season.
The KKW Beauty founder is not the first celebrity to give back to her devoted fans. Shaquille O’Neal once paid for a young man’s engagement ring for his bride-to-be after they met in a jewelry store.
“Whenever I leave the house, I just try to do a good deed,” the professional athlete revealed during an April 2021 episode of NBA on TNT. “I’m just trying to make people smile, that’s all.”
Scroll through for more stars who have taken the time to say ‘thank you’ to the ones who made them famous.
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