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Published on: 03 Nov 2016 by ttatia

Celebrating Christmas in The Holy Land

It
seems that the birthplace of Jesus does not celebrate Christmas as you would
expect. In fact, you might even feel a little bit disappointed about the entire
event. As you walk through the streets of Israel in the heart of December, you
will notice that something quite important is missing. It is not about the fact
that God’s chosen people, the Jews, are celebrating Hanukkah instead of
Christmas but hunting for Christmas in a shopping center is just too awkward. And
as you might have guessed, Santa is not even invited to the party.

There
are 7 million people in Israel, but only 140,000 of them are Christians.
Therefore, Christmas is just a normal working day for the Jews unless it falls
on the weekend. It is somewhat strange to think that, as most of the world is
celebrating on December 24-25, they are going to work and living an ordinary
day. 

So how does a Christian manage to attend the Holy Land pilgrimage on Christmas in Israel when it seems elusive? First of all, take care of your spirituality by
visiting the holy Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. There are exclusive taxis and
buses, which can get you there, such as bus 22 that leaves from the Damascus
Gate station near Jerusalem. You can also visit the Church of Nativity or, if
you are in Manger Square, singing some Christmas carols will do just fine.

The
Church is one of the most important places in Israel because it is said to have
been the area where the stable stood was built, Jesus’ birthplace. In fact, as
they say, He was born in the cave that today is represented by a winding
staircase of marble. The exact spot where the miracle happened is market by a
silver star, and the public can enter to see it ever day between 8 AM and 7 PM
without paying a fee.

Regardless
of your religion, you will definitely find a place for you in Bethlehem on
Christmas Eve, such as Catholic, Protestant, Greek Orthodox, Ethiopian and
Armenian services, and many more. You can even get a special Christmas stamp on
your passport from the Post Office if you use any of the available services in
Bethlehem on this holy day.

If you
do not want to attend the Holy Land pilgrimage by yourself, the best way to
visit Bethlehem on Christmas day is by hiring tour operators, who would love to
show you around. Not only will you get to pick your preferred guide but you
will also be able to negotiate security checkpoints and personnel to assist you
on your journey through the foreign city.

Nazareth
is also a town worth visiting where you can buy the finest artificial trees in
the country. The Sea of Galilee is another important destination where you will
find the Roman Catholic Church built by St. Peter the Apostle in the beautiful
shape of a fishing boat.

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