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Monday, December 12, 2011

The Real Reason for the Season

Every year our church puts on a huge event for the community called "Walk Through Bethlehem." It is a live interactive experience of the story of Christmas. When you line up you are given hot apple cider and reminded by the Roman Guards that you need to be counted in the census and to give forth your taxes. 

Quinn was not sure about the camel but he was just a big teddy bear. Very calm and friendly.

When you are allowed through the gates you first come upon King Herod and have to listen to his political speech. Oh sorry modern day cynicism is creeping into this post.

The three wise men searching for the Real King.

As you walk through the streets of Bethlehem you are told there is no room at the inn. No where to stay for the night.

These folks found a warm tent to stay.

Lots of live animals which delight all the kids.

In the marketplace there are peddlers of all the wares of the time.

Finally you are ushered into the main room where the birth story is told. It is moving beyond words and I literally tear up and cry every year. It just puts you in a thoughtful and thankful place. A reminder of the gift that was given to man. The ultimate gift.

The angels sing and then invite everyone to join in and that is when I generally lose it. I am so glad we get to experience this every year. Our church uses literally hundreds of volunteers and man hours to build this and put it on every year.

Even sweeter was the tiny new baby that was used on this night. Those are his parents and he is less than a month old. It was so precious. This should be their Christmas card this year.

My daughter worked the event this year and was able to go through it with us. One of my favorite nights of the year. I am thankful my hubby stayed up late to attend with us and continue this tradition.


Michelle said...

That looks absolutely amazing!! What a wonderful experience :)

Kathleen Grace said...

This looks like such a meaningful experience, how wonderful to be able to celebrate this way!

Kris said...

How wonderful!!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Looks wonderful...what a wonderful night for your family...Silent Night gets my tears going!!

Cindy said...

I always love going to the live Nativity here. I get teared up too!

I noticed that you are all in coats. Is it cold in CA? We are going to get up to 60 tomorrow in IN!

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful time to spend with your family! The Christmas story is my favorite. I hope you are going to frame the beautiful picture of you and your daughter. Hugs!

Cindy said...

That looks absolutely delightful! I went through one last year for the first time. It was so real, yours sounds even better! Your daughter is lovely.
Hugs, Cindy

Beth said...

what a great tradition. (:

Sandie said...

As much as I love all the things of Christmas, nothing compares to the real reason for a celebration-The Birth Of Our Savior! Thanks for sharing, it looked wonderful! Sandie

Shug said...

Oh my...I wish I could have seen it!
Really puts the REAL in the season doesn't it?
Thanks for sharing this...

Michelle said...

What a great way to tell the story. It looks like so much fun. Thanks for letting us walk thru it with you.

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that is really nice. kids will really learn a lot with this experience and realize that Christmas is not all about Santa Clause. kudos to your church for doing that every year.

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Beansieleigh said...

I've been to a live nativity scene before, only once; and while it was held outdoors, it was very cold, and with all due respect and admiration of the event, it was very quick.. Only one scene to see, and maybe two or three animals. It was nice, and I'm glad I got to bring my little girl there at the time; but to see the event you show here, on a much bigger scale, it just looks amazing! Great pictures! ~tina

grammycarolynn (flickr) said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful post...and, the reason for the season!
Blessings and Merry Christmas!

Hibiscus House said...

I am now a follower of your blog. It is so wonderful that the church does this. So glad your shared with us.

Kathy said...

This is wonderful! So well done! I love the picture of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus! The young couple look so happy! Thank you for taking us along and for sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
God Bless,

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

You are so right...that would make an awesome Christmas card. :D