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)

and my favorite…
The Llama pooped in the street and people walked through it! ( and there you have a true example of what a country town was like with animals roaming the streets)

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!

Peach State


About justbetweencousins

We are first cousins who live farther apart from each other than we would like. We thought this blog would give us a chance to visit with each other as well as maybe share a few insights about life. We are both middle aged and until recently both of us had kids the same age (nearly grown). But then the Peach State cuz adopted a son, so she has four now. Heart of Dixie cuz has two daughters. We have a couple of things which are prominently in common (although I'm sure there are actually more): We vacation at our Mema's beach house in Panama City Beach, Florida - until recently, we did so with all of our kids. We both sing - although Heart of Dixie cuz is not currently singing anywhere right now. We both write. We are both Christians, although Peach State cuz is Baptist, and Heart of Dixie is currently floating about between the Anglican church, the Methodist church, and the Episcopalian church. Long story.

Posted on December 3, 2012, in animals, Children, Church, Humor, Just Between Cousins, musings and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Will he be doing a rotation at the tomb tonight? I’ll be sure to give him a hard time…behind the rock! In front of the rock, Mary M. takes a lot of verbal abuse from the obnoxious Roman soldiers! They also harrass Jesus as He is suffering and dying on the cross. However, when Jesus rises, they run screaming in fear like little girls! LOL! Often, kids in the crowd yell and laugh and cheer as the Roman guards get as far away from Jesus as possible! Your son’s recruiter is one of the funniest as he runs away. He throws his spear to the ground, throws his hands up and screams as he runs behind the tomb! Roman guards are also crowd control, and their role is essential to the flow of B2B. The crowds have to be safely moved from one part of B2B to the other in a timely AND orderly manner. Timing is important at the nativity, the tomb, and the story-teller sites. We depend on the soldiers to make this happen. They also man the emergency exits. We have all been briefed in security procedures, but the soldiers are always looking over the city for any potential hazards. There is also a person stationed in the “invisible” tower watching over the city. My favorie part is when the Roman soldiers march to the city, led by the centurion. They are marching in formation, calling cadance, and some carrying torches. Usually the centurion is on a black horse. It is all very majestic looking. But, so far this year, the horse, whose name is Betty, has not been happy about being here, so she has not be able to participate. It’s disappointing, but we cannot stress her. She is a sweet horse, and I hope she will be able to bring the soldiers to the city tonight! Once there, a soldier reads Ceasar’s decree, and they open the city…that’s when it all begins! So thankful for our obnoxious Roman soldiers!…My hubby, the most obnoxious of the soldiers added to my comment, “Hail Ceasar!” LOL!

  2. Yes, they are so much more than just eye candy! LOL!

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