Fred Main/News Joseph (Seth Rager), left, and Mary (Eliza Rager) find a stable to settle down in during the Danville Christmas Walk Sunday.
Fred Main/News Rowan Hogancamp, 3, right, picks out a cookie with the help of her grandmother, Laurie Vess, during the Danville Christmas Walk Sunday at the Danville Memorial Park.


DANVILLE — The true meaning of Christmas was shared during the Danville Village Christmas Walk Sunday evening.

A little over 100 residents walked down Market Street, following Joseph and Mary, while singing Christmas carols, on their way to a gathering at the village park.

“Not everyone gets to hear the real story of Christmas. We wanted to share it with them,” said Eliza Rager, who portrayed Mary.

Mary rode a donkey part way through town before it ran out of gas. Her and Joseph (Seth Rager) led the walk on foot the rest of the way to the manger, which was set up at the park. They were followed by the three wise men, as well as angels and other residents of the village carrying lighted candles
The crowd welcomed Joseph, Mary and the wise men to the park by singing “Silent Night” and then “Joy To The World.”

Then, John Idoine, the pastor at the Danville United Methodist Church, spoke to the gathering.

“We’re here to celebrate a miracle and not any ordinary miracle. It’s probably the second greatest recorded in the Bible. I’ll let you think of the first,” Idoine said. “In the Bible, this baby was called Emanuel, which means God with us. God gave up everything to be with us because God loves us.

“The way to make this Christmas the best is to honor God by focusing on that love. … Be kind to people, take a moment to talk to people, care about the people you meet, and share a smile with someone you meet. I promise it will transform your Christmas.”

A couple more Christmas songs were sung before the Christmas Tree was lit. Guests then enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies.

Leo Dueck’s daughters, Claire and Acacia, enjoyed the lights and the Christmas displays that were on hand at the park, especially the reindeer.

“(I’m here because) I like to support the town,” Dueck said.


Fred Main: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews



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