O Little Town of Bethlehem ... in Elk Grove
Members of Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit transformed an Elk Grove Village street corner late Saturday afternoon into the Bethlehem of centuries ago.
The church hosted its annual outdoor living Nativity performances, complete with actors dressed in period clothing, singers and a donkey and sheep. Mary and Joseph, the three Kings and angels -- portrayed by church members and students from Walther Christian Academy in Melrose Park -- played out scenes, as a narrator told the story of the first Christmas.
The church has hosted the outdoor performances for about 15 years.
"It's the most amazing thing to do every year," said Samantha Rose, the show director and a teacher at Walther school.