Live Nativity at The Dick Noble Ranch
A Living Tradition
by Terry Allen
December 25, 2016
For close to 30 years Dick Noble hosted a live nativity at his ranch in Cora, Wyoming. It started off with his family and a few of their friends and neighbors, but even though Dick has now passed on, the tradition continues in his name. The event has grown to a large crowd of even more friends and neighbors, probably numbering well over 100.
You drive down a snow drifted dirt road a mile or so long to get to his ranch. Starting at his cattle guard the road becomes illuminated by candles. You follow the candles and end up at a large fire.
There at the fire you hear the story of the first nativity. At the end of the story, members of the community dressed as Joseph, Mary, Baby Jesus, Wise men, Shepherds, and Angels begin a journey to find refuge from the cold night.
The visitors to the nativity follow the costumed actors down a cold and snowy road and witness Joseph and Mary being turned away at The Inn.
They then follow them into the stable and gather round them as a holy light shines down. There, they pray, sing and marvel at the new born Jesus.
Wise men dressed as Cowboys offer gifts from their saddle bags.
At the close of the event, children are invited forward for photos, and to pet the donkeys in the stable.
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