I have to admit I've had a bit of the Christmas blues creep up on me here and there. Until the season got here, I hadn't really considered all the things I would miss by living in a country that does not celebrate Christmas. How completely ironic considering this is where Jesus lived! Anyway, I read that there was actually a little Christmas festival in Nazareth. I figured that was just what we needed to feel the Christmas spirit so Rob took off work early and we made the drive. I even kept a decently good attitude when we got stuck in traffic. I wasn't a fan that it added an extra 40 minutes and made us take nearly 2 hours to get there, but then I contemplated Mary's journey - about twice the distance, while pregnant, while riding a donkey. And that sort of put the traffic into perspective. And makes me understand why she had her calling and not me.
Look at the smile on that boy! Such a happy little goof.
We finally got there and realized that they shut everything down early on the last day of the festival. Everyone was packing up. There was a big tall tree still lit, but that was it and I felt pretty heartbroken. But then comes in the beauty of children. They didn't know what they were missing and were still happy as ever, singing and dancing and wandering around. Michael was as enthusiastic as ever, Ella was as curious and enthralled (with rocks and stairs and such) as ever. And almost nothing ruffles Rob's feathers. My family saves me.
We still got to see Mary's Well and see the Church of the Annunciation (one of three that claims to be where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary) and eat the most scrumptious Arabic food I've had yet. So it doesn't entirely deserve to be filed under "disaster trips" in my memory, but somehow I think that is where it sits. If only my brain were more sophisticated. 

Unknown  – (6:03 PM)  

Spent the weekend in Jerusalem and saw a parade of like 100 Santas!!!

RachelAA  – (6:41 PM)  

Nothing like seeing life through a child's eye. I'm glad good times were still had and I think this will help future Christmas' be that much better!

Andrea J  – (10:18 PM)  

You are a good sport, I think a lot of us could say that about Mary.

d  – (3:27 PM)  

Christmas season does come with the joy in tradition and comfort. It would have been hard for me too, but you gave your kids and awesome Christmas experience- bc you are awesome.

Sara  – (10:46 PM)  

I love that smile on his face. I loved your comment about the car ride and Mary. HILARIOUS! You guys rock.

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