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The nativity portion of Lori Wright's little town of Bethlehem in Whiteville (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY)

WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A Whiteville mother is doing her best to keep Christ in Christmas.

She’s spent the better part of a year creating her own little town of Bethlehem.

Seven and a half months. Fifteen hundred hours. That’s how long it took Lori Wright to create her take on the classic nativity scene.

“I wanted to show that this child came into a world as a baby that was held and loved and was a person, not something you couldn’t touch,” said Wright.

Wright had the help of her two daughters in building her little town of Bethlehem.

The community also backed her with the supplies she needed for the project.

“I put a message out on Facebook that I needed a certain kind of foam, and, well, the message got around, so I got enough foam to do the whole Bethlehem,” said Wright.

The scene has only been up in Whiteville’s Tint Wizard shop for two days, but the reaction from locals has been staggering.

“I’ve had a lot of people call me and say, ‘There’s a bunch of people in front of your shop!’ So it’s been pretty good, and there’s been a lot of people like it,” said Wright.

Wright hopes that seeing her hard work can help people remember the real reason for the season.

“The world as a whole has gotten away from what Christmas really should be about. It’s too, too much money having to be spent, and we should get back to just the basics,” said Wright.

Wright says the nativity scene will be on display in the Tint Wizard window at 1400 S JK Powell Boulevard in Whiteville through Christmas.

All are welcome to come check it out.

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