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Christmas Eve Family Service

Christmas Eve family service and living Nativity at Niantic Community Church Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.

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The Rodes family, Dawn Rodes as Mary, holding Madeline Rodes, 6 months, as baby Jesus, and David Rodes as Joseph, sit outside Niantic Community Church in Niantic as a living Nativity after the Christmas Eve family service Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.

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Angels, children from the congregation, fidget while listening to the Christmas Eve family service from the choir loft at Niantic Community Church in Niantic Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. Children in the congregation were able to dress in costumes that were available to be angels, kings, queens and wise seekers and at certain points in the service go to altar area and choir loft to be part of the service.

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Tom Kalal of Cranberry Meadow Farm of East Lyme encourages Abigail Rodes, 6, left, and her sister, Samantha Rodes, 4, of Niantic to go ahead and pet the animals that are part of the living Nativity before going inside Niantic Community Church in Niantic for the Christmas Eve family service Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.

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Elena Torres, 4, of Old Lyme, waits for the Christmas Eve family service at Niantic Community Church in Niantic to begin Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. Children in the congregation were able to dress in costumes that were available to be angels, kings, queens and wise seekers and at certain points in the service go to altar area and choir loft to be part of the service.

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Anna Thomson, 6, standing with her brother Ben Thomson, 9, both of East Lyme pets a Black Baldie calf from Cranberry Meadow Farm, part of the living Nativity, held by Gina Wildermuth, of East Lyme before going inside Niantic Community Church in Niantic for the Christmas Eve family service Monday, Dec. 24, 2012.

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Sydney Swenson-Cardwell, 2, sits with her mother Christa Swenson and her brother Porter Swenson-Cardwell, 6, all of New London, before the Christmas Eve family service at Niantic Community Church in Niantic Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. Children in the congregation were able to dress in costumes that were available to be angels, kings, queens and wise seekers and at certain points in the service go to altar area and choir loft to be part of the service.

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The Rodes family, Dawn Rodes as Mary, holding Madeline Rodes, 6 months, as baby Jesus, and David Rodes as Joseph, sit outside Niantic Community Church in Niantic as a living Nativity after the Christmas Eve family service Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. On hand for the Nativity was a Short Horn ox and Black Baldie calf from Cranberry Meadow Farm and two Romney sheep and a mule from Christensen Farm both of East Lyme.

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