Sarah Sanders Petersen, Deseret News
Alex Boye participated in the record-breaking live Nativity event Dec. 1.

Over 1,000 people gathered Monday, Dec. 1, in Provo to kick off the Christmas season by breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest live Nativity scene. The interfaith event, which was organized by The Radiant Foundation, broke the record set last year in Great Britain by 898 participants.

The live Nativity featured several well-known families and individuals. The Deseret News caught up with many of these participants. They explained why they chose to take part in the Nativity and what Christmas means to them.

A video of the Nativity, starring David Archuleta and the Piano Guys, whose contributions were filmed in a separate location, will be released later this month.

Click here to read what Alex Boye, Sheri Dew and others had to say about the event.