Two years ago Los Angeles based Journey of Faith Church of Manhattan Beach staged a Flash Mob at the nearby South Bay Galleria.
Almost four million YouTube hits later, this amazing little five minute video is going strong.
Rather than simply complaining about how "commercial" Christmas has become, they actually did something about it, to the delight of a couple hundred of people at the mall ... and - now - millions of people around the world.
Meanwhile, several friends have bemoaned the fact that nearby Santa Monica has now completely banned any public holiday displays on public land. Gone is the sixty year old nativity scene from Palisades Park (which apparently has found a home on private property). But does this mean Santa Monica is also banning the public display of a Menorah - as well as a Christmas tree? I have to believe that only the most hardened atheist doesn't find this a bit draconian.
Instead of focusing their efforts at trying to keep nativity scenes in a public park, Journey of Faith brought the nativity to the mall - literally - in a creative, engaging, joyful, and reverent way.
Many thanks to everyone a Journey of Faith for their outstanding work in putting this together. Here's a link to their church's website.
originally published 12/25/11
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Christmas Flash Mob