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By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A visit to the nativity display with live animals outside a church in Old City is a family tradition for many.

It’s something Sandy Kersh of Center City and her great-nephew Jackson Gold of Collingswood do every year. They stop by to see the live animals at the Creche at Old First Reformed United Church of Christ at 4th and Race Streets.

(Credit: John McDevitt)

(Credit: John McDevitt)

There are goats, sheep, a donkey and a cow. Mannequins of Mary and Joseph are there as well.

“Mary was going to have Jesus and the wise men came and they gave her gifts,” Jackson said. He was correctly able to identify those gifts as myrrh, gold and frankincense.

On Christmas Eve at 5 p.m. there’s an outdoor, live nativity service.  A candlelight service starts at 8 p.m. inside the church.


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