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Anit Arvind, 8, of Westport, left, and his twin brother Akil lead the procession of shepherds at the rehearsal for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant at Saugatuck Congregational Church, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Anit Arvind, 8, of Westport, left, and his twin brother Akil lead the procession of shepherds at the rehearsal for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant at Saugatuck Congregational Church, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Westport, Conn.
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Cameron Mann, 11, of Westport, takes a look at the program at the rehearsal for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant at Saugatuck Congregational Church, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Westport, Conn.
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Felix Baer, 7, left, and his brother, Lucas, 10, of Westport, fuel up before the big show at the rehearsal for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant at Saugatuck Congregational Church, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Felix Baer, 7, left, and his brother, Lucas, 10, of Westport, fuel up before the big show at the rehearsal for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant at Saugatuck Congregational Church, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Westport, Conn.
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Heather Hamilton, director of music, accompanies a group of young singers during the rehearsal for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant at Saugatuck Congregational Church, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Westport, Conn.
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Jake Scharfglass, 4, of Westport, waits for help with his costume at the rehearsal for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant at Saugatuck Congregational Church, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Westport, Conn.
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Members of the Mann family of Westport, including Jamie, Zoe, Cameron, and Natalia, rehearse their song, accompanied by Heather Hamilton, director of music, at the rehearsal for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant Members of the Mann family of Westport, including Jamie, Zoe, Cameron, and Natalia, rehearse their song, accompanied by Heather Hamilton, director of music, at the rehearsal for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant at Saugatuck Congregational Church, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Westport, Conn.
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Maisie Dembski, left, and Kathleen Cozzi, both 15 and from Westport, practice their lines at the rehearsal for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant at Saugatuck Congregational Church, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Maisie Dembski, left, and Kathleen Cozzi, both 15 and from Westport, practice their lines at the rehearsal for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant at Saugatuck Congregational Church, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Westport, Conn.
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Morgan Zampiello, 4, of Westport played an angel at the rehearsal for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant at Saugatuck Congregational Church, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Westport, Conn.
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Shepherds take a break during the rehearsal for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant at Saugatuck Congregational Church, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Westport, Conn.
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Talia Mann, 8, of Westport, waits patiently at the rehearsal for the annual Christmas Eve Pageant at Saugatuck Congregational Church, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Westport, Conn.

WESTPORT — A solemn ceremony combined with the theatrical fun of bringing a show together Sunday evening when Saugatuck Congregational Church presented its annual Christmas Eve Pageant.

“I think what’s special is the number of college age kids who come back and want to be at this particular service,” said Dana Johnson, director of children’s ministries, “because they have warm memories and fond feelings of participating.”

Around two dozens kids from the congregation donned costumes, performed and sang songs for a full sanctuary at this special service celebrating the holiday.

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