Back To Bethlehem

Back To Behlehem - JMJ1

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;
He is the Messiah, the Lord.
Luke 2:11

Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened,
Which the Lord has told us about.
Luke 2:15

Back To Bethlehem - Shepherds

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back, over 2000 years in time, to Bethlehem during the season of Jesus’ birth?

Back To Bethlehem - Sheep

What was it like to be a shepherd in the fields, tending to your flocks, when a host of heavenly angels appeared before your eyes, praising God as they announced the birth of the Christ child?

Back To Bethlehem - Angels

How would it feel to experience the sights and sounds of the town…

To meet the local townspeople…

Back To Bethlehem - Townsman

To barter at the marketplace…

Back To Bethlehem - Fish

To interact with the local artisans…

Back To Bethlehem - Artisan

The experience would be amazing, as my family discovered when we traveled Back To Bethlehem for a re-enactment of the first Christmas. Some traveled by donkey…some by camel…but most, like us, traveled on foot.

Back To Bethlehem - Camel

The crowd was thick as people poured in to register for the census that Caesar Augustus had ordered. The town was filled with Roman soldiers ready to arrest anyone who protested Caesar’s laws or taxes.

Back To Bethlehem - Roman Soldier

As we were in town, excitement filled the air as word spread that a Savior had been born in a manger. We quickly followed the crowds to look for the newborn infant.

Back To Bethlehem - The Inn

The crowds led to an Inn where an inn-keeper was turning away weary travelers…

Back To Bethlehem - The Innkeeper

Or renting out stalls with the stable animals…

Back To Bethlehem - Donkey

It was there that we found the young couple and the newborn, wrapped in swaddling clothes.

Back To Bethlehem - The Couple
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Mary & The Newborn

May you be blessed beyond measure with the true spirit of Christmas during this most joyous of seasons!

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  1. Penni says:

    Merry Christmas !!!!

    Hugs
    Penni
    X

  2. Sandra H says:

    Beautiful pictures, all the very best for the festive season:) Sandra H

  3. Judie says:

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!!

  4. Tami says:

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    Thanks,
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  5. anita says:

    Wonderful! Merry Christmas!

  6. Happy Yule to you! And a good new year as well. Hopping for the Sit Back Hop today.

    I have to say, those animals look depressed in those pics. Poor things! 🙁

    -Nora
    http://norabpeevy.blogspot.com/2011/12/stop-book-abuse-join-creepfest.html

  7. Amy @ uTryIt says:

    Awesome post! Let’s not forget the real reason for the Season! 🙂 Wish you and your family and Merry Christmas filled with love and blessings!

    Amy

  8. Charlotte says:

    What a beautiful post. The pictures and descriptions are very special. Thank you for sharing. Yes, I have wondered what it would be like. I hope the people who were actually there realized what a blessing it was.
    Merry Christmas.
    Charlotte

  9. shah wharton says:

    Happy Christmas and best wishes for the year ahead X

  10. Such a fun post to read. I could not wait to see the next picture!
    May you have a joyful Christmas weekend and blessed Spiritual Sunday!

  11. Sally says:

    Love the pictures. This must truly have been a blessed experience. I wish I could have seen it or even have been part of it. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Merry Christmas
    Sally

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  14. Wow I love this post. What an awesome trip.
    Just wanted to come by and wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
    Love
    Maggie

  15. Brenda TN says:

    Beautiful pictures and I love the tour. Aren’t you glad in this busy world there are still people who give time from theirs lives to share the story of His birth.

  16. So nice to see such great photos depicting the best story ever. Thanks for sharing. I am sharing it also! Merry Christmas!

  17. Sarah says:

    Merry Christmas!!!!

  18. Pamela says:

    What a beautiful illustration of the Christmas Story. A picture book come to life!

    Merry Christmas, dear friend, and thank you for blessing me week after week.
    Pamela

  19. Katherines Corner
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    says:

    Merry Christmas my friend.I hope your holiday is as sweet as you are xo

  20. momto8blog says:

    what Christmas is all about…
    what a fantastic experience this muct have been for everyone!

  21. Nona says:

    Great pictures, what a story! Thank God for His gift to all of us. Blessings, Nona

  22. Cathy says:

    A precious Christmas post ~ Blessings ~

  23. Heidi says:

    Love the live photos to go along with the story to be told! Thanks for linking up with us over at NOBH!

  24. How neat – I’m sure you will never forget this experience. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and may God’s richest blessings be yours in 2012.

  25. Imelda says:

    Oh, what a great experience that was. Great pictures too. 🙂

  26. What a beautiful, thoughtful and peaceful post.

    I am reading this after Christmas and it felt like a hug.

    Lovely. Just lovely.

    Sending you warm wishes for a 2012 filled with creativity, joy and all the quiet beauty life has to offer!

  27. Thank you for this special message! Merry Christmas!

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