Christmas Eve in the Holy Land

Ahh, Christmas Eve is here. The chestnuts are roasting on the open fire (barbecue style with hummus on the side) and Jack Frost is nipping at my nether regions (OK, so it’s not that cold, it is Israel after all…). And Christmas being Christmas, we’re here to give! Oh yes, we’ve scoured the web and come across four nice little videos that’ll get you in the festive mood…

Kicking things off, here’s a great little clip of four guys who take the bus down from Jerusalem to Bethlehem and back on Christmas Eve, accompanied by a great version of O Little Town of Bethlehem (sung by who?) and a walk down the quaintly named Martyrs Street.

If you were wondering what Christmas Eve is like in Bethlehem’s Manger Square, the main focal point of Christmas activities in Bethlehem, here’s a nice little clip that gives a taste of what it’s like as the choir belts out its Christmas songs.

OK, so not all of us can make it to Bethlehem. As an alternative, there’s always Nazareth – and here’s a nice little clip of Midnight Mass from Christmas Eve a couple of years ago, held at Nazareth’s Basilica of the Annunciation.

And the picture postcard beauty of a white Christmas Eve as Santa sets out with his reindeer is something we all want – but how about some snow in Bethlehem (OK, OK, not at Christmas, but still, it’s snow in Bethlehem!)? Here’s a nice little clip of the snowy streets of Bethlehem, complete with a cute little Arabic song in the background. And yep, not a burning Israeli flag in sight…

Happy Christmas to you and yours!



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