Sherborn’s live Nativity was a way to connect with a deaf child — decades later it continues

Summarized by Virginia Laurie

On Dec. 23, residents of Sherborn, MA enjoyed the live nativity pageant hosted by local volunteers. The holiday tradition began as a way for Joan Downing to perform the story of the nativity for her deaf foster child. Since then, the visual rendition of the Christmas story has become an annual event that continues to encourage connection and communication.

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