Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Bethlehem AD 2019

Redwood City's annual living nativity, recreating Bethlehem at the time of Christ's birth with Roman soldiers, teaching rabbis, a marketplace, women dancing, dreidel playing, live animals (a peacock this year, plus camels, a tortoise, calves, a turkey, and of course a spectacular live nativity.)  After three years of being in a "tribe," the girls elected this year to be 'tax collector pages,' which meant running through the crowd of people waiting throughout the night and shouting, "We have an important message from Rome!"  They also worked with the 'tax collectors' just inside the front gate to 'harass' the arriving visitors for their 'taxes.'  They had a blast all three nights, getting very into the role, singing "the 12 Roman Days of Solstice," reading the announcement from Rome, and more.  It was fun to see them having so much fun, loving the independence of working without supervision.  It was also nice that there was no rain on any of the three evenings of the event and kind of a relief to have moderate crowds, enough to keep it festive without being a crush of people.

Having visitors sign in for 'the census'
Annoyed that I am disrupting the spirit of the moment with photos

As usual, the final and most popular element of the event, always moving and beautiful

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