The Land hosts first annual Puppy Christmas Pageant

December 18, 2018
Story by Mary Jane Harmony
Costume Designer, Puppy Christmas Pageant at The Land


Many people are familiar with Christmas pageants featuring costumed children around a newborn Jesus, singing to celebrate His birth. The Land, a new church in Aurora, Colorado, hosted a similar event during its Dec. 15 service. At this pageant, however, Mary and Joseph, along with each of the wise men, shepherds and angels, all had four legs and a tail. Even swaddled baby Jesus donned long, floppy ears. Keep in mind dogs were not exclusive to these key roles, as both a squirrel and duck also made appearances.

This was the first annual Puppy Christmas Pageant at The Land. Dogs participated in full costume as both actors and audience members in this special service.

The Land consists of a nine-and-a-half-acre piece of raw land where the church community focuses on faith, farming and food. The new congregation meets under a tent each Saturday at 10 a.m. Canine companions are not only welcome for special events like the Christmas pageant, but are encouraged to attend regularly.

In the spring of 2019, The Land will become more accessible with construction starting on sidewalks and parking lots. Looking forward, a two-and-a-half-acre edible labyrinth add to the space, as well as an outdoor amphitheater.

Join The Land at 10 a.m. Dec. 22 for worship and food, or at 4:30 p.m. for caroling in adjacent neighborhoods. The church is located at 840 S. Powhaton Road, Aurora, CO 80018.