Back to Bethlehem

11 Dec

I love this tradition!

A local church, Community of Hope, has lots of property. They re-create the Biblical town of Bethlehem, complete with angry Roman soldiers, every Christmas. Hundreds of volunteers dress in costume and stay in character as visitors begin their journey to the town with gruff orders from the soldiers.

Roman Soldiers gate

From there, all families must register, the father or oldest son being responsible.

Census taker

When we’re actually able to enter the city, we hear from a Rabbi that interesting happenings have been going on. We’re to look for the child shepherds told of. So we stroll through the town, as villagers hawk their wares. We sample bread, spices, watch families create walking sticks, have dinner, and we try to stay out of trouble as the soldiers herd us through. It’s such a great time. We’ve been enjoying this for several years.

Mark & Jill

B2b Town

Thanks to Jenny Pena for this & the rest of the photos!

B2B weavers


The best part is the end. Finally, we find the stable, after the inn keeper tells us he has no room. We sit and look at the live Nativity and sing “Silent Night” together. Just the voices blended in worship.

Nativity2 cropped

And I’m always overwhelmed, looking at some little baby,
that Jesus, GOD ALMIGHTY,
willingly humbled Himself
to take on human flesh and become a baby!
Oh the wonder! It never gets old!

Jesus isn’t just the Reason for the Season



Posted by on December 11, 2012 in Family Fun


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12 responses to “Back to Bethlehem

  1. mandyleagirard

    December 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Did you hear that they will be doing an easter themed walk through this coming Easter? Cool huh?

    • Michelle Eichner

      December 11, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      Hey there! You’ve got a blog? YEA!! I think I did hear someone say something about Easter. Can’t wait!! Hugs to you! Love ya 🙂

  2. elizabeth ann babbitt

    December 12, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    What a wonderful experience you have added to your family traditions! I like your comment that Jesus is the season.

  3. tinuviel

    December 12, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    What a wonderful tradition! So much fun.

    • Michelle Eichner

      December 20, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      It is a neat one. I’m so glad it doesn’t get old.

  4. jeanwise

    December 13, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I love it when church do this, Not only sharing the gospel but just think about how the families and friends all work together. How blessed you are to have this church

    • Michelle Eichner

      December 20, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      It really is an amazing event! I’ve heard they’re planning one for Easter. Hope that’s true! And I hope you’re enjoying your holidays! Give yourself a hug. 🙂

  5. laura

    December 15, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    This sounds so wonderful, Michelle. Beautiful pictures too.

    • Michelle Eichner

      January 2, 2013 at 9:24 am

      I have to give credit to a friend for most of the pictures. I really love this experience, though. Especially the live nativity at the end. I’m always glad when you stop by, my friend. Sometimes it takes me a while to find your comments, but I always appreciate them. Thanks!

  6. Jennifer 'Miner' Ferguson

    December 18, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I love your last line!!


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