COLUMBUS, Ohio -- December 22, 2006 -- At 7 p.m. on Sunday, Christmas Eve, State Auto’s Christmas season will culminate with the placing of Baby Jesus in the manger at the company’s life-size Nativity display.
Deshler Traditional School principal Dr. Deborah Copeland will continue the tradition of having a community representative lead the ceremony by “finishing” the display with its final element: Baby Jesus. The ceremony is brief and without fanfare, a most appropriate and fitting way to announce that Christmas has arrived.
Dr. Copeland, a Columbus native, has been a principal in the Columbus Public School system for 18 years; this is her first year at Deshler. A product of Columbus Public Schools, Copeland has also served as principal of Fairwood, Olde Orchard and Brentnell elementary schools in Columbus. She is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, with graduate degrees from The Ohio State University.
State Auto’s Christmas displays, which began in 1931 as a “gift to the community” from founder Bob Pein, have evolved from a rooftop Santa Town with thousands of lights and hundreds of Christmas trees, to the current life-size Nativity display. Construction on this year’s display began on October 2. The display will be lighted daily through January 1.