In less than a week, our whole family is going to travel back in time to about 4 or 5 B.C. to the little village of Bethlehem. Most of us will be in the marketplace, selling grain or produce to the families who are on their way to pay their taxes. We’ll barter with them and try to make enough money to pay our own taxes. Mommy and I will be guides for the families going through.
For about 14 years, we’ve gone to the ‘Holy Walk’ (a walk-through Bethlehem story) almost every Christmas season and we love it! This year is our first time being in it as volunteers and we are pretty excited 😀
Last night we went to the training meeting and got to pick out our costumes…
Even Daddy and the boys are in on it 😀
Of course last night we had to try our costumes on…and take pictures!
I asked Noah, “Are you excited for the Holy Walk?” and he said, “Yes! At first I was like, ‘these clothes are weird!’ but then I was like, ‘this is MUCH more better!'” 😀 I think he meant once Leah put on his belt and hat, (and all of us girls made over how cute it was) he liked it better than just the baggy robe. We’re going to be outside doing this, so the robes have to have plenty of room to wear a coat and multiple layers underneath.
Isaiah told me: ” I can’t wait for the Holy Walk! At first I was like, ‘I don’t want to wear these’ (the costumes), but then I tried it on and I was like, ‘this is much more better! And I think Bekah and Charissa are going to be doing the pruduce (produce), so they will fill up their baskets with fruit and I can eat some!”
I was wondering how the boys would like their costumes, so I’m glad it didn’t take long for them to think it was ‘much more better’ than they thought 😀 Aren’t they cute little guys?!
At the Holy Walk, you are assigned a family guide and you walk through Bethlehem on your way to pay your taxes. On the way, you see Mary and Joseph, shepherds, fishermen, and you visit the marketplace where you barter for food and bedding. And the Roman soldiers are everywhere, shouting at you to get out of the way and occasionally putting you in jail or in the stocks 😀 At the end you pay your taxes and then you see the baby Jesus in a manger. It is so much fun…if you want to come, or just want to see pictures from previous years, click :here:
Cassia eating her supper in costume
And the family picture 😀 We put the camera on a timer so we could all be in the picture, but it took 3 tries before we were able to get a picture where everyone was smiling somewhat 😀 You can tell that Noah and Isaiah are a little tired of smiling 😀
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