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Christmas in the Holy Land

Posted on: November 18th, 2014
Santa Claus in Jerusalem

What better place to celebrate Christmas than in the actual birthplace of Christ? While you may not find the eggnog, snowmen, and elves that have taken over most of the rest of the world, you certainly will find a much more soul quenching Christmas in Israel. Here you will experience a deeper reverence that is a refreshing change of pace for those who are accustomed to a Santa saturated Christmas.

Of course the ultimate stop on a Christmas trip to the Holy Land is Bethlehem. Here you will have an opportunity to visit the Church of the Nativity, representing the spot where Jesus was born. When you enter the Grotto of the Nativity and gaze upon the 14 point silver star nestled in the marble floor, don’t be surprised if you are overcome with emotion at the realization that this is acknowledged as the exact place of Jesus’ birth. You will also want to visit Manger’s Square, where you can join the carolers as they sing classic songs of Christ’s birth. The lyrics of these songs will become more meaningful and poignant than ever before as you stand in the place that inspired them. Not far from Bethlehem lies Shepherd’s Field, where the angel announced the Messiah’s birth to the shepherd’s who were keeping watch over their flocks at night. Here you can look up to the sky and imagine what these men must have seen and felt upon receiving such a message.

There is also a lot to see beyond Bethlehem. For those who are seeking a taste of the Christmas traditions that they are used to back home, a stop in Jesus’ boyhood home of Nazareth is a must. Here you can find lights, decorated trees, a Christmas parade, and even an appearance from Santa. There is also an annual Christmas Market full of arts and crafts, food, local produce, and entertainment. Jerusalem’s Old City holds a Christmas mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and Christmas lights can be found in the Christian Quarter.

You can’t expect Israel to deliver an over-the-top Christmas celebration with all the trimmings and hoopla that you are probably used to. What you can expect, however, is a heart warming, spiritually enriching experience that you will never forget.

For over 10 years Israel Tours has been guiding travelers through the Holy Lands while offering unparalleled customer service, incredible tour guides, and outstanding 5 Star accommodations. The signature Roots of Your Faith Tour is the ideal way to discover Israel. This 10 day tour is conveniently offered twice a month, with a tour running right through Christmas! At only $1,695 for a land package including 5 Star hotels, daily breakfasts and dinners, entrance fees, and fully guided tours, there is simply no better deal on the market.

 

Christina Peters, Israel Tours
September, 2014

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