Peach State says: Authenticating Ancient Bethlehem
There will be live camels and sheep and a llama or two! It is part of our yearly tradition at Back to Bethlehem at my church. But…they are held in a pen or strategically positioned in the city to bring simple touch of old world presence. As you know I cannot participate this year…however, my 19 year old was convinced by his Army Recruiter to become a Roman Soldier and march through the city and guard the gates…you know…things that Roman Soldiers did and with attitude. Authenticating Ancient Bethlehem through the eyes of my 19 year old son.
It smelled! ( he was positioned by the animal pen for awhile)
It was dark and hard to see! ( the city is lit by large torches on the walls of the city)
Visitors were like tourists…always taking pictures! ( wow…isn’t that part of the experience)
I could not use my phone! (uh…they did not have that type of technology…remember!)
Kids stared and got scared of the Roman Soldiers! (everyone was scared of the Romans…they were in power and the soldiers carried spears and had swords)
I saw people I knew and could not hang with them! (you are in costume and you are playing a part)
The camel spits! ( I tried to warn you about the camel and llamas)
All in all…I think my church does a wonderful job of Authenticating Ancient Bethlehem! The funny thing about my son’s experience was the fact that he told my hubby that he would not return…BUT, he is! He will dress as a Roman Soldier again and march and guard the Little Town of Bethlehem. At least he has enough smarts to watch were he is walking! ( insert chuckle!)
Have a great day!
Posted on December 3, 2012, in animals, Children, Church, Humor, Just Between Cousins, musings and tagged Ancient Bethlehem, Back to Bethlehem, camel, Llama, Roman soldiers, stable animals. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.