Sunday, December 9, 2012

Reason for the Season - Streets of Bethlehem

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.

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After walking through the streets, we came upon Mary and Joseph making their way into town.

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We then followed the star, and found Baby Jesus in the stable!

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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!

4 comments:

Marci Smith said...

How beautiful! What a wonderful thing to experience with your children. :)

Sarah said...

Hi Jenny! New follower. I'm trying to actually find a live nativity up here in Cleveland for this weekend! Also, I might have to steal your Elf goes fishing set up for next year. How cute... hadn't seen that one. :)

Hanna said...

Hi there!!! I am Hanna and I found you through the blog hop!! I love making new friends and your blog is lovely. I am your newest follower:) Happy Holidays! You can find me over at www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com
xooxxo Hanna

Jenny said...

Hey Sarah! I hope you were able to find a live nativity. My kids are still talking about the fact that they got to see baby Jesus! And steal away! I'm pretty sure that I saw a version of the fishing elf on Pinterest.