In our little town of Salinas, California, a local church has recreated their church parking lot into the Streets of Bethlehem every year since 1992. Read below their description of this wonderful event.
“Like the boy shepherd who serves as our logo, Streets of Bethlehem has been in the process of growing up. What began as only a dream in the mind of three individuals came to life in 1992. With the desire to share the gift of the true meaning of Christmas to the community, the idea for a live re-creation of that tiny village on that first Christmas night was born. Streets of Bethlehem was cared for and nourished by the loving hands of dedicated scriptwriters, skilled carpenters, gifted artists and set designers. But what makes Bethlehem special is the way it comes alive when hundreds of volunteers don period costumes and go back in time to “become” those village citizens once again.”
This year I will be working in the prayer tent praying for any of the needs of the 20,000 people who will come through. I love to watch the kids as they see a real live tiger and camels and see the angels singing and hear the message of the Christ story.
It is beautiful to see Christians from many churches come together to bring the message of real life to young and old in our community.
If you like what you read about the Streets of Bethlehem and how the Bible comes to life check out our children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website. It is great for parents and kids because it provides the Big Story of God’s love for His children in all 66 books in the Bible including colorful illustrations, rhymes and a surprise on every page.