November 2023 Church & State Magazine - November 2023

S.C. town seeks more Christianity in December holiday display


Officials of Seneca, S.C., are taking steps to add more Christian elements to the city’s December holiday display.

Scott Moulder, the city administrator, told the Seneca Journal in late September that the city is eager to add a live nativity scene to an annual Christmas light show held downtown.

Moulder told the newspaper that the city is erecting a manger scene and was looking for “church partners that may want to staff the nativity set.”

The city, Moulder said, doesn’t have costumes for the nativity scene and hopes local churches can provide them. He was uncertain whether live animals would be part of the display. 

Added Moulder, “We’ve discussed having a nativity scene downtown for about three years now, and we felt like it was important enough this year to try and add that element to the downtown special event nights. The lights are fine, and Santa is fine, but we don’t want to forget what the true reason for the season is. We want to make sure that we still remember the birth of Jesus Christ. That’s the birthday that we’re celebrating, and we’re excited to add that element.

“We’ve had a number of people ask us about how do we incorporate the birth of Jesus Christ into the event,” he continued. “We’re trying that this year.” 

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