Church to offer Boar’s Head Christmas Festival

Peace Lutheran Church, 737 Barracksview Road, will present its 15th annual Boar’s Head Christmas Festival in early December.

The Boar’s Head Christmas Festival will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, through Sunday, Dec. 6. The festival also will be presented at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

From wassailers to worshippers, Peace Lutheran will offer the community a peek into Christmas past with a message as real today as it was then, according to a news release, as it presents one of Christianity’s oldest Christmas traditions, the Boar’s Head Christmas Festival.

As the pageant opens amid carols and other period music, a Yule sprite appears ushering in the celebration with a “Christ Candle” lit to symbolize the Christ bringing light to a darkened world. Before the procession of lords and ladies, dancers, musicians, swordsmen and servants, the boar’s head is presented to King Wenceslas, symbolizing the defeat of evil, an analogy of the Savior who ultimately conquers evil.

Other traditions included in the celebration are the Yule log, reminding those that Christ came to earth as “the light of the world,” and the baker with his figgy pudding, suggesting the richness of all the gifts of God.

After the merriment of the court scene, the Christmas story is presented without dialogue, complete with shepherds and wise men following the star to the holy family.

Free tickets, which are necessary for admittance, will be available beginning Monday, Nov. 2, by calling the church office at (314) 892-5610.

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