Since 1982 a church in our area has hosted the Walk thru Bethlehem. This was our first time attending and it was really awesome. The work they put into this is absolutely amazing. They had camels, sheep and donkeys. The entire area was covered in wood chips to represent the town area streets. It was decorated to the extent that you felt as if you were there. Everyone was in costume and stayed in character the entire time.
|Fish Market - only clean, salted and dried fish are sold here. The kiddos got to salt the fish.|
|At the food market, they sold foods and spices from local growers. The almonds were amazing!|
|At the village oven, we learned how to grind grain into flour. You had to have a lot of upper body strength to operate that machine! We tasted matzo, unleavened bread.|
|The Temple Hebrew scribes were busy at work copying the holy and sacred text. They wrote my sons name in Hebrew.|
|The ladies at the basket weaving shop showed the kiddos how to make bracelets out of reeds.|
|We saw pottery being made on the potters wheel at the pottery shop. We made oil lamps but mine turned out horrible.|
|We got to meet that little baby and his parents!|
They learned a lot last night and so did I, not just about Jesus but about the way of life and what took place around the time Jesus was born. We made rag dolls, sampled fresh goat cheese, saw fresh grapes pressed into juice, watched olives being pressed into oil, tasted juice from an apple and saw the physician! See ya soon!