Christmas Videos: Little Town of Bethlehem

Christmas Videos: Little Town of Bethlehem

December 12, 2014 by

Jesus was born in Bethlehem. That was a long time ago in a place far away from most of us.

It’s easy to forget that Bethlehem is a real place. And that real people still live there today.

The second installment in our series of Christmas videos is a documentary about the modern-day city of Bethlehem made by St. Paul’s Church in Auckland, New Zealand.

Here are some interesting facts about the city of Bethlehem:

  • In Hebrew, Bethlehem means ‘House of Bread.’
  • The city falls within the jurisdiction of the State of Palestine.
  • The population is approximately 25,000.
  • Most of Bethlehem’s citizens are Muslim and speak Arabic.
  • Approximately 65% of the city’s economy is derived from tourism. Bethlehem receives about 2 million tourists every year, primarily during Christmas.

At almost six minutes in length, this video may be too long to show during worship, but it’s a great idea to prompt discussion during small groups and Sunday school classes.

St. Paul’s Church has made the video free to download and show publicly, so long as it is not altered or commercialized.

More Videos?

Need more Christmas videos? This is one of the 57 we mentioned earlier this week. So good we had to give it special attention, but there are plenty more.

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Robert Carnes

Robert Carnes is the managing editor at the Orange Group and also serves as an assistant editor here at Church Marketing Sucks. He's the author of The Original Storyteller: Become a Better Storyteller in 30 Days. Previously, he worked in communications at two United Methodist churches in Metro Atlanta.
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