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An old fashioned Christmas in Lenora


LENORA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Often times in the hustle and bustle of a commercialized Christmas it's easy to lose sight of the true meaning of the season. Wednesday evening, we took you to Lenora, Minnesota for an old fashioned Christmas at an historic church.

By the flickering of kerosene lamps and a wood fired stove providing warmth, I enjoyed a service at Lenora's United Methodist Church. It took me back to a simpler time, in this case, the mid 1800's when it was built.

Northeast of Harmony lies Lenora and its memorable church.

"No electricity in this building, it is almost exactly the way it was in the 1800's," said Mark Woodward, a Pastor in Eyota.

It was built prior to the Civil War. There's no thermostat to moderate the heat, instead a pot-bellied stove provides warmth.

"People come here from all over the place just for an opportunity to focus on something simple, something beautiful, something gentle. I think Lenora's historic church really fits the bill on that," explained Woodward.

For some attending the service, it's a way to put Christ back in Christmas.

"It slows you down and takes you back to what I think is the way we should be celebrating Christmas, and that's why we keep coming back," said Bob Seele, of Cresco, Iowa.

For others it brings back fond memories.

"My husband passed away this past June and this is just a place where we shared things," stated LaDonna Wilson, of Eyota.

No matter what the season means to you, it's a unique experience, bringing people together.

It was in the 1920's the church stopped having an active congregation, now the historic building is just used for special seasonal services.

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