We’ve talked about the meaning of Christmas with our kids and read books about the birth of Jesus, but when I stumbled across an advertisement for the Streets of Bethlehem living nativity in Salinas, I knew that I wanted the kids to experience the true meaning of Christmas this way.
We went up to Salinas last night to walk through the live nativity. The Streets of Bethlehem has been done for over 20 years, and has grown to be pretty large scale.
We parked in a parking lot offsite, and were bused to the nativity site. Boy did we have a couple of excited kids on our hands when they learned that we would get to ride a bus!
Once we got to the Streets of Bethlehem site, we waited in line for a few minutes (just enough time for Daddy to take both kids for a potty break), and then were able to go in the gates.
Wow! The Streets of Bethlehem was so much more than I expected. We started by watching the Angel Gabriel come to Mary. After the 10ish minute scene was over, we were ushered forward to walk through the streets of Bethlehem.
We played a dreidel game, made pottery spice bowls, listened to music, made jewelry, watched a magician, kneaded dough for flatbread, learned about making wool into yarn, fed animals, and much more.
After walking through the streets, we came upon Mary and Joseph making their way into town.
We then followed the star, and found Baby Jesus in the stable!
I am so glad that we had the chance to visit the Streets of Bethlehem, and I love that the kids now have a better understanding of the birth of Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas. We will definitely be visiting again next year!