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Supreme Court Had No Choice But Get Into Christmas Spirit

Camels, sheep and a donkey made up the Capitol Hill live Nativity scene

A camel chews on the furry hood of Dianne Mackey while posing for photos with her granddaughter before the start of the Faith & Action in the Nation's Capital annual “Live Nativity on Capitol Hill.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
A camel chews on the furry hood of Dianne Mackey while posing for photos with her granddaughter before the start of the Faith & Action in the Nation's Capital annual “Live Nativity on Capitol Hill.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two camels, two sheep, one donkey and a ton of small children hung out behind the Supreme Court to prepare for a live Nativity scene.

The Faith & Action in the Nation’s Capitol annual “Live Nativity on Capitol Hill” on Wednesday brought animals and actors walking from behind the Supreme Court to the front, where it conducts a short program.

[Word on the Hill: Watch Out For Live Animals]

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 7: Faith & Action in the Nation's Capital holds its annual
Actors portray Mary, Joseph and Jesus. A donkey, sheep and two camels are part of the ensemble. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Before getting started, a woman dressed as an angel came out onto a balcony of a Capitol Hill townhouse to read the beginning of the story from the Bible of Jesus’ birth. The home was decorated with hay and a shining star. A singer sent the procession off with “Silent Night.”

While 15 actors dressed as all the characters in the Nativity, including the Little Drummer Boy, made their way, many children walked with them.

Faith & Action in the Nation's Capital holds its annual
Actors portraying Mary and Joseph lead a camel in front of the Supreme Court. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

They arrived in front of the Supreme Court and were greeted by waiting spectators.

The singer sang “Little Drummer Boy” and other Christmas songs, as five clergymen and leaders from the organization stood with the whole Nativity set.

A clergyman finished the program by reading the remainder of the story of Jesus’ birth from the Bible.

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