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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Bethlehem Revisited a Waxahachie Tradition


Step back in time 2000 years ago to visit the town of Bethlehem as Mary and Joseph did the night of Christ's birth.  After a long journey to pay their taxes they found no room to lay their head.  The inns were full of other travelers.  As predicted in ancient writings in Micah 5:2 of the Hebrew Old Testament the Messiah was born in Bethlehem in a manger perhaps with fresh rosemary to make it comfortable and keep fleas away.  Magi who studied the stars arrived on camels to see our Savior predicted to be born in Bethlehem, meaning the house of bread. Numbers 24:17 says a star shall come out of Jacob and a scepter shall rise out of Israel.

Waxahachie opens their town the first two weekends of December to crowds of over 6,000.  Families walk through the streets of the Roman village to see merchants selling their wears.  Weavers turn sheep and goat yarn to textiles, soap is made by hand, pottery is spun with hands molding wet clay, and baskets are shaped from strips of wood.

A living nativity pageant is performed with live characters wanting to share the story of Jesus's birth.  After paying their taxes Mary and Joseph go to many innkeepers to be turned away.  Many actors and their children have returned to play parts since 1995 when Vic Dindot, a former minister of Central Presbyterian Church came up with the idea.   It takes 200 volunteers to put everything together for visitors to enjoy.

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