“The first year we had 110 Nativities,” said Ellen Hatala, one of the event’s organizers. “Last year we had 130, and this year we will have about 150. We won’t know for sure until the day people sign in. But as more people find out about it, more want to display.”
This year’s festival, hosted by the Corrales Historical Society, will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15.
Hatala said she is surprised at how many people in the area have Nativity sets. But what’s really astonishing is not how many people have Nativity sets but how many Nativity sets some people have.
“I talked to someone in the area who has 500,” Hatala said. “And last year a woman donated 75 Nativity sets (to the Corrales Historical Society). They had belonged to her mother. She grew up with some of them.”