Bethlehem All Day; Great Place to be During Christmas and New Year!

by Steve Ray on January 1, 2013

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To see my early morning walk around the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem along with video, pictures and interactive map, click HERE or click on the map to the right.

Great day, all day, in Bethlehem. Visited the largest Olive Wood store, heard the Our Father in the language of our Lord, touched the place Jesus was born, learned about the Church of Nativity and more in the morning. We ate falafel and schwarma for lunch.

Bethlehem Part One

Mass in a cave in Shepherds Field where the angels announced the good news of Jesus’ birth to shepherds. We then visited the Carmelite monastery and wearing the robe of the Blessed Miriam of Jesus Crucified who is a local Arab saint. We prayed in front of her relics. Then for a dinner of the passover lamb along with fun Arabic dancing. Evening was blessed too with a time of reflection and free time.

Bethlehem Part Two


  • Laura says:

    I’ve been following your trip mom and are very excited to hear all about it when you get home. Love Lol and family

  • Kelly says:

    Hi Grandma Rose,
    It’s Ben. I hope you’re having a fun time in Israel we sure miss you here. Love you.

    Love from the rest of the Fagerstroms, too. We’re enjoying watching the daily videos.
    Happy New Year!
    Kelly, Al, Isaac & Ben

  • Sue Avila says:

    Saludos a Betsy Nieto! Please tell Betsy that Mrs. Avila has been enjoying watching all the videos and is happy that she is experiencing the Holy Land of Israel.

  • Julie P. says:

    Hi Grandma Georg! (Georgene O’Dwyer)
    So great to see you enjoying your pilgrimage and thank you for the message from the “Jesus boat.” Happy New Year from many miles away! We love you and can’t wait until you come home with stories to share. Love, Julie and Sydney Rose

  • Laura Macias says:

    Happy New Year Mom (Noreen) and Mike Valadez. It sounds like you are having a wonderful time. I am looking forward to seeing your pictures. Travel safely, and come home safely. Love, Laura

  • Mum and Aunt Al says:

    You still have the moves girl!!!!!
    Food looks interesting.
    This is the first day checking out your trip. Need to catch up.

    Love Mum and Aunt Al

  • Mum and Aunt Al says:

    we spent the afternoon catching up on your trip of a lifetime.
    You and the kids are truly blessed to be there in the country of our Lord and especially at the time of his birth.
    We leave tomorrow for Ohio but will catch up with you on sunday. Love Ya Mum and aunt al

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