Sunday, January 1, 2012

Bethlehem City

We visited our friends Lowell and Cynthia the second weekend in December.  Baby Jude continues to be the sweetest, happiest baby ever.  He is crawling all over the place.  Emily fell in love with him all over again.

We headed out to Burnet to visit Main Street Bethlehem, where we were able to experience what it would have been like for Mary and Joseph, in the first century, to arrive in the crowded city of  Bethlehem where there was no room at the inn.  Unfortunately, we had to wait for almost 2 hours to get in... and it was very cold!

So we bundled up and stood in line.  These ginormous (Emily's favorite word) blue bonnets were fun.

The kids got to drink hot chocolate.

We hung out... and shivered...

But once we made it inside the gates, it was all worth it!  Here is Emly at the well.  We were able to visit the jail, the cloth dyer, the jewelry maker, a traditional Jewish home, the very full inn...

Everything was lit by torch and candle-light.  Roman soldiers were everywhere.  Lia thought it was a little bit scary!
The candle-maker...

And real camels!  As we made our way through Bethlehem we could see the star of David and as we made our exit we walked by the cave where Mary and Joseph were huddled with baby Jesus.  There was such a crowd of people around that I couldn't get a picture of the live Nativity but it was beautiful and we were able to enjoy hot chocolate again before we headed back to Austin.  I hope we can go back again!

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