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Tulsa Woman's Nativity Scene Collection

A Christmas collector has spent the last few days packing up her collection of Nativity scenes. Normally she would decorate her home with them, but this year, she's decorating a church. It's one way she can share her feelings about Christmas.

News on 6 reporter Emory Bryan says Nancy Demoss loves Christmas. She loves Christmas music, but she especially loves the scenes of Christmas.

She's been collecting Nativity scenes for years. She's picked up a few of them in her travels and made a few too, but now that's she's got more than 100 in her collection, DeMoss figures she doesn't have room for many more. "And I've only bought a few, most have been given to me."

She has Nativity scenes painted on ornaments for the tree and ones made of pottery. She's got a ceramic set she made with her children that's one of her favorites - and another one, which was given to her as a retirement gift.

DeMoss has no trouble decorating for Christmas. "It's easy, I can put out Nativity scenes and put up the tree and I'm done." All those nativity scenes are usually packed away in closets, but she's taking them from her kitchen table - where she didn't think they looked good enough for us to photograph - to First Baptist Church in downtown Tulsa where everyone can take a look.

This is how she would like them to be displayed every year, but it's the first time they've left the house. "To me it expresses the real meaning of Christmas and it's a silent testimony to my faith I guess. Christmas is really special, it's very special to me and this is just a way to express how I feel about it."

DeMoss figures her collection is more sentimental than valuable and she wouldn't part with any of them, because each one tells a story - the story of Christmas.

DeMoss' Nativity sets will be on display this weekend at First Baptist Church at 400 South Detroit, as part of "The Tulsa Christmas Experience". It's a walk through program of Christmas displays and music running Friday through Sunday evenings.

Admission is free and there's a living Nativity, in addition to the ones Demoss has collected.
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