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Main Street Bethlehem

Seeking a fun family outing to focus your heart on the Christmas season?  Main Street Bethlehem is a lovely live nativity that my family has visited many times in the past. Each time it is a new experience depending on the ages of the children and families we go with ;-)  I feel this is a wonderful hands on way to prepare for Christmas.  Below is information and dates for 2012 that I took off their site.

These are photos from our 2010 visit

This Christmas, visit Bethlehem . . . in Burnet Texas . . . as the ancient city of Christ’s birth comes alive again.
Feel the anticipation of Joseph and Mary approaching the gates, urgency quickening their steps.

Pick your way through transients, peddlers, the crippled, and aged in the town’s fringe. Experience the presence of animals as they affect all aspects of life in that time . . camels, donkeys, sheep, goats, chickens, and doves.

Explore the narrow streets to faint strains of ancient music and savor the smells of fresh goat butter, campfires, and hot bread. Then immerse yourself in the din of the marketplace; the revelers in the tavern, shouted insults to and from the Roman oppressors, merchants, craftspeople, taxpayers, and beggars all seeking money, or position, or revenge.

Search for the inn, only to find it full (as others did long ago). Then follow the trail to the cave where a road-weary couple has moved in with the animals, their place in God’s plan and secular history to be made secure on this night. For the child in their arms was the incarnation of God Himself, come to the world that all who would place their faith in Him might enjoy eternal fellowship in His presence.

Main Street Bethlehem

2012 Dates: December 7th, 8th, 9th and 14th, 15th, 16th – 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. each evening

Two blocks east of the town square.

Admission is free (donations are accepted). Tour buses are welcome. Free refreshments served at exit. Friday and Sunday night visitors may experience a shorter waiting time than on Saturday night.

As this is an outdoor presentation, it is canceled in rainy weather.

Click for a list of area restaurants to enjoy while in Burnet or click on the map below.

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Main Street Bethlehem is presented as a Christmas gift to the State of Texas by the

members and friends of the First Baptist Church of Burnet, Texas.

For More Information email bettie@fbcburnet.org or call (512) 756-4481

Bethlehem Bread

(Compliments of First Baptist Church of Burnet, Texas and with the permission of the baker, Luis Herrera)2 1/2 lbs. all purpose flour            9 tablespoons of sugar
2 1/4 cups of milk                     1/2 cup of shortening
2 teaspoons salt                     2 pkgs. Yeast

Prepare cookie sheets with non-stick spray and set aside.

Warm milk to room temperature. Mix sugar, salt and yeast with milk, making sure there are no lumps.Place flour in large mixing bowl and create a “well” in the middle of the flour. Pour the above mixture into the “well”, begin mixing, gradually
adding shortening until all is thoroughly mixed. Knead dough until smooth and firm.

Remove dough from bowl and place on a cookie sheet. Pinch only one piece of dough (approximately marble-size) form into a ball and drop into a
tepid glass of water. Rest of dough will  be rising while you wait until ball floats to the top of the water (approx. 35-45 minutes).

At this point, cut dough into piece approximately the size of a lemon. Allow to set for an additional 15 minutes.

Coat dough pieces with a very small amount of shortening to keep dough pliable and moist.

Flatten dough into a strip approximately 2″ x 6″. Using a sharp knife, cut down the center leaving 1″ on each end. Picking up the dough at each
end, make a figure eight, bringing the ends back into the center. Dip top of roll into sugar and place on cookie sheet. Allow dough to rise for
3 hours. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

May the peace of God be with you!

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